Lesson 05: Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ-III
1: Read Luke 14:25-27. “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate (i.e. ‘love less’) his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Jesus isn’t telling you to hate your family. Read Matthew 10:37 for a parallel verse, which makes it clearer that Jesus is drawing a comparison between His importance and the importance of everything else. Jesus is saying in essence, to be His disciple, you must love Him the MOST of all.
What’s more important in your life than your relationship with Jesus Christ? Asked another way, what gets in the way of you regularly spending time with Jesus Christ through Bible reading, prayer, and a daily quiet time? Is it your favorite tv show? Is it your desire for sleep? Is it the busyness of the day? Is it a job or hobby? Is it your ministry? Is it your family? Or maybe it’s something else?
2: Read Luke 10:38-42. “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Again, Jesus isn’t instructing us to ignore the cooking, the laundry, the dishes, and the everyday tasks of running a home. He’s instructing you on where to focus your attention and priorities. Mary was focused on Jesus and this was the better choice. It would have been better for Martha to join Mary in listening to Jesus, and then they both could help one another after Jesus had left. Think about a typical day. What’s so important that you put it on your calendar or appointment book so you don’t forget? Make a list of things you focus your attention on during a typical day.
3: Then, considering the words of Jesus, how could you start to realign your priorities around Him? What can you commit to putting on your calendar/appointment book that would help you prioritize your time with Jesus Christ?
4: For extra credit, pick a verse from this lesson that spoke to you and work this week to memorize it. Share the verse with your mentor and explain why you chose it.