“Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple’” (Luke 14:1-2).

The crowds drawn to Jesus’ early ministry were soon thinned out by the demands of costly discipleship. Before embracing him as Lord, Jesus requires every “wanna-be” disciple to count the cost and understand the systemic transformation that following him will have on every facet of life. His Lordship will impact not only the dynamics of familial relationships, but even how you relate to yourself. No longer is life a selfish preoccupation, but it now becomes the offering of one’s life as a resource for the influence of the gospel. Thus, it is sometimes necessary to look past the crowds if you are really going to see a church.

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