A Disciple is Under the Authority of His Master

By Derek Gentle

The Disciple:

1. Has His Master as His Supreme Loyalty

"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:26

Notice how Jesus tells us who cannot be His disciple.

Dr. William Tolar tells the story how when he was teaching a college religion course one young man raised his hand to ridicule the passage where Jesus told us that if our hand causes us to sin that we are to cut it off. Dr. Tolar replied, "Young man, do you believe that Jesus could have used figures of speech when He taught?" "Sure" came the reply. "Then could you give the definition of a simile?" "Yes, a simile is when you say one thing is like another thing." "Fine, now can you give me the definition of a metaphor?" "A metaphor is when you compare one thing to another without using the word like." "Thank you, now can you define for me the term hyperbole?" "Sure, hyperbole is when your exaggerate to make... a... point..."

That is the figure of speech that Jesus is using here. Jesus is telling us that our love for Him should make all other loves pale in comparison. He requires that we reserve our ultimate loyalty for Him - trumping all other loyalties, however good they may be.

2. Has Pleasing the Master as His Supreme Value

"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his... his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:26

You can't fake your values

You value what you value. You can say that your values are soemthing other than what htye are, but you can't fake them: "I don't like Mississippi Mud Cake: I am on a diet and I just don't like it anymore" - Yea, right.

Jesus requires that we value our walk with Him above everything else we have, even our own life. As Bonhoeffer put it, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die."

3. Has Renounced His Right to Make the Final Decision

"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master." Matthew 10:24 (See also: Luke 6:40, John 13:16, 15:20)

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself..." Matthew 16:24

Before God's word, Christian disciples are a congregation, not a jury. We don't decide, God does. We are under Christ's authority. When a choice must be made between the two, we deny ourselves and submit to the Master. He makes the final decsion, not us.

4. Has Renounced Ownership of All That He Has

"So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:33

Corrie ten Boone commented that she had learned to hold things with a loose grip. If she held them too tightly that God would have to pry her fingers apart and it would hurt. Jesus warned us that the when the gospel seed falls among thorns, "the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful" (Matthew 13:22).