​Jesus said, “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:33).

Anything that ties us down, enslaves us…even if that thing is a “good thing.” If we are not willing to forsake it in order to gain Christ, we will, in the end, have neither. Included in this phrase “all things” are family, houses, lands and even our own lives. Jesus knows that these dear things and our desire to preserve them may come to compete with our love for Him. And we can’t serve two masters. But whoever does forsake these things will receive an hundredfold in this life and eternal life in the world to come. No one will be ashamed for following Jesus. The very first disciples whom Jesus called “forsook all and followed Him” (Lk 5:11). Will you do the same? 

-Brother Pat Woods