This passage is a hard pill to swallow for people like us – people who have two car garages, multiple televisions, and take vacations every time the kids are out of school. Jesus says count the cost because what I am asking is hard. “None of you can be my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions” (Lk. 14:33). What do you do with that? How do we justify our wealth and stay faithful to scripture? Jesus’ challenge is as much about letting go of our possessions as it is of letting go of being possessed by them.
Why in the world would someone want to follow after a Savior who demands so much? Why would someone be willing to give up so much for Jesus? Why? Freedom. Being possessed by our possessions means being pulled apart by loyalties. This freedom is our un-sticking place. There is only one way to live unstuck and that is the way of Jesus.
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).