How to be a Disciple–Luke 14

20 Dec

To be a disciple, we must not be saltless salt. It’s useless. Why sprinkle it? Without taste, it goes unnoticed.

This is what struck me as I read through Luke 14. In the beginning of the chapter, Jesus ate and taught in a Pharisee’s home. Through parables, Jesus warns them:

  • Don’t take the best position for yourself
  • Don’t center yourself around people you view as important
  • Don’t think you have a standing invitation and your own priorities reign

All of these teachings warn against self-importance. 

The rest of the chapter, Jesus is teaching to crowds in his traveling about being His disciple:

  • No relationship more important
  • No financial limit
  • No resource untapped

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure piles; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  Luke 14: 34-35  NIV

Salt isn’t salt unless it’s salty.  Disciples aren’t disciples unless we’re discipley. 

Christ has given a definition of discipleship–not suggestions, but a view of what is required.

We use this common terminology of inviting Jesus into our hearts and then what? Too often we still have our own way with:

  • Our relationships
  • Our money
  • Our talents
  • Ourselves

The “our” must be surrendered. We must become “His.”

The mystery is we each have a unique identity in Christ when we surrender our own identities to Him. We think  of it as losing, but we are truly gaining.

We will not be useless. We will not go unnoticed when we become His.

Lord, open my eyes to see. Cause my hears to hear. Change my heart to be pure and chasing after you–as your disciple. Everything in my life is yours. Help me to live that way, attentive to your promptings and quick to follow.


5 Responses to “How to be a Disciple–Luke 14”

  1. Susan Stilwell December 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    YES — I want to be “discipley!” Wow Jeanette, I love that! And what a great truth: what is “ours” must become “His.” I’ve discovered that covers a lot of ground once He starts walking around!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful CHRISTmas week!

    • Jeanette Edgar December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks, Susan. I hope you are having a wonderful CHRISTmas week also. I appreciate your comment 🙂

  2. Glenda Mills December 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Love this post, Jeanette!

    • Jeanette Edgar December 21, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      Thanks, Glenda.


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