Twelth Sunday of Trinity 08-09-19

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The Cost of Discipleship      Luke 14:25 – 33

Jesus calls people to be his disciples and this is the love of God to all. Discipleship is to imitate and become like the master, for us it is Jesus Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer a modern martyr of the church writes, “It is only because he became like us that we can become like him.” Discipleship is therefore an invitation to come to Jesus and also to become like him. Jesus tells us that it is not easy. It has to be conscious decision. It involves taking up the cross and follow Jesus. Carrying the cross implies a total surrender to the one who calls us. Surrender to the extent that nothing on earth could be important than following Jesus. Even considering ones father, mother, son, daughter, friend not as important as Jesus Christ. Jesus takes prominence and predominance in the life of the disciple. Discipleship involves elevating oneself from ones self interest but begin to live for Jesus and the Gospel, even if it involves ridicule. Discipleship also involves valuing Jesus more than ones treasured possessions. Jesus makes this clear and invites those who are called to be his disciples to understand the implication of following him and then surrender to him. Jesus becomes more than anything else because he offers life which no one else can give, a life of peace, Joy and security. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book The Cost of Discipleship says “The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ.” We wear the mark of the cross deep in our heart and in our soul. While we value our relationships we are to value our relationship with Christ more. While we value our possessions we have to remember that we possess Jesus Christ with whom we can achieve more that silver and gold could help us accomplish. While we value our life and all that we are we recognise that we need God so desperately. Only in this abandonment to God we can find real peace and the real meaning in life.