Stephen Um on Christ’s Stunning Call to Discipleship in Luke 14

Such a call might not be all that hard for those in a more traditional culture to hear. After all, they may be accustomed to sacrificing personal ambition and dreams on the altar of community and family. But for the more progressive Western reader, it is almost unfathomable that devotion to Christ might mean that ambition and career-building would need to take a back seat to Jesus.

Let me be clear: I’m not saying that Christ is calling Easterners to leave their families, and Westerners to leave their careers. Rather, I am saying that the call to discipleship is a fundamental redirection of our human existence, a reorientation, an all-embracing turning about of our lives in order that our affections might be placed primarily upon Christ. And, this being the case, the call to discipleship will cut through and across every culture. So, for the progressive, part of the call will be to make sure that Christ is more important than one’s work. We must find our identity in being a disciple of Christ, rather than as disciples of our career development. As for the traditionalist, the challenge may be in making certain that Christ takes precedence in one’s life over and above family, community, and society. We must make sure that Christ is the supreme treasure in our lives.

For the whole post, go here.  Um gives a concise but challenging word to Christians on both sides of the Atlantic, and as one aiming to leave and lead others who are leaving family, upwardly mobile jobs, etc. for the sake of Christ, it is a lesson to be heard and applied again and again.

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One Response

  1. Amen. Very poignant, but also very true. It’s all or nothing. I think the hardest thing about discipleship is letting go of all inhibitions, especially in a progressive western society where so much onus is put on career.

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