Jesus and the Difficult Membership Card

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Wealth

Today's Gospel reading from Luke 14 has Jesus saying some of the most trouble things of his entire ministry: unless you hate your family and even your own life, and take up the cross, you cannot be his disciple. He states you must sell all your possessions to be his disciple. Understanding this difficult teaching requires that we discern between Law and Gospel, that we take some time to learn from the lives of the Twelve Disciples (who did give up a lot to follow Jesus), and we must trust in Christ to change our hearts to see where our true allegiance and sense of worth derives: not from out things but from Christ himself.