Monday, September 10, 2007

You cannot become my disciple

A reflection on Luke 14:25-33 (Seems I am always a day late on the lectionary, but here goes.)

Jesus turns to the large crowds to say, “None of you can become my disciple.” If this does not piss off the pious among us, even the piety within us, I don’t know what would.

Could Jesus have made it any clearer how foolish are the large ones among us?

There are some who want to build large towers for themselves, but they have no idea of what they are doing. They fill their pews with thousands of seekers and admirers. But they do not perceive their own vanity, nor do they fear from what ridiculous heights they will fall.

Puffy preachers and crowd pleasers, in your heart you despise my cross. Go away, you are not worthy of my discipleship.

There are others who lead the charge against the morally week. But they have no accountably for their bathroom deals and the company they keep. Shamelessly, they lose the war against their most base desires even as they heap judgment upon others.

Foolish fiddlers, you have set your fingers against my little ones. My discipleship for you is to set your shame before the eyes of all.

Lost are the pious ones who follow in large crowds. You are the good husbands and faithful wives. You are the loving parents and obedient children. You are brothers and sisters to all who greet you. You wrap yourselves in the comfort of family, the rightness of tradition and the illusion of respectability.

Dolts, you seek only your best life ever. You cannot become my disciple.

Are we angry yet? Have we got the message? None of us will ever become a disciple.

Because we lack the pure hatred, sufficient anger to dispose of all you possess, we will forever dodge the flames of Christ's baptism. So we will never know the passion within Jesus' bosom. Can anything but the cross ever cut us loose?

1 comment:

Tim said...

I am teaching now after studying the scriptures for many (over 30)years. It took way more years than I planned or expected before I got the "green light" to begin to teach and instruct with what I am convinced finally is God's timing. I find that my emphasis, likely inspired by the Spirit, is almost always along the lines of instructing the hearers of who we are, now that we have come to Christ (II Cor 5:17) which is an amazing subject, learning God's heart and thoughts through reading mainly the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs and pointing out the almost casual language of the New Covenant which instructs us to merely do what we should do, before impossible because we had no new nature. We are to forsake doing evil and "Put on the new self" (Colossians 3. This message pops up all through the NT. Also that we are challenged to "Overcome" repeatedly in Revelation, now doable because of Christ's giving us the new birth in himself. A refreshing message, that of the NT, that itself reveals the hypocracy in our world and in the ailing church at large without saying a word about it. Keep studying brother, prayerfully contemplating whether you are representing the heart of God when you instruct and you will do well. Tim in AZ