11 September 2020
Today we continue on our journey with the call to be a disciple and to be a disciple who makes disciples.
Philip Mayo, in his book Joining Jesus on the Way, says:
For Jesus, he wants the crowd to understand that discipleship requires complete dedication to a purpose beyond themselves. Jesus might say, “Don’t follow me for what you can get out of it, but for what you can give to it.” The heart of the Father is one of generosity. He has given his only Son. Jesus’s heart, too, beats in tandem with that of the Father, and Jesus gives his life. A disciple is called to no less than this kind of total commitment. “Deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow me.” Without this kind of total commitment, disciples lose their impact, their value, which Jesus calls their savor. So, Jesus concludes his teaching with an illustration of the salty commitment to discipleship.”
Some good thoughts to ponder as we join Jesus on the way.
Mayo, P. 2019, Joining Jesus on the way : discipleship in the 21st century, Elm Hill, Nashville.