“Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” Luke 14:33
I've been prayerfully reading through the gospels and noticing that Jesus says some pretty crazy things. How can someone renounce all that they have and what does that even mean? And why would He say that? The word for renounce means to “surrender claim to” or “give up”. I don’t think Jesus’ immediate application of this verse is for us all to become ascetic hermits or move into a monastery (or a house of prayer as the case may be). As I was meditating on this I was struck with how badly Jesus wants us to surrender our entire being to Him. To surrender all of our time, energy and resources to be used however He sees fit. In context Jesus says this after a parable about a man that began to build but didn't have enough resources to finish because he didn't plan in advance what it would take. The question is, do we really know what Jesus is asking of us in the long run and are we willing to go all the way, no matter what? We need to see ourselves as stewards of His talents of time, energy and resources that He has entrusted to us. He is searching for lovesick worshipers desperate to give up all they have if only to have a little more of Him.