So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33).
Is Jesus really serious about how Christians are to follow him? It seems extreme. But MacDonald writes (online version),
"The fact of the matter is that obedience to the Lord's command is the most sane and reasonable life and the one that yields the greatest joy. The witness of Scripture and of experience testifies that no one who lives sacrificially for Christ will ever suffer want. When a man obeys God, the Lord takes care of him."The man who forsakes all to follow Christ is not a shiftless pauper who expects to be supported by his fellow Christians.1. He is industrious. He works diligently for the supply of his current necessities and those of his family.2. He is frugal. He lives as economically as possible so that everything above immediate needs can be put into the Lord's work.3. He is foresighted. Instead of accumulating wealth on earth, he lays up his treasures in heaven.4. He trusts God for the future. Instead of giving the best of his life to the building up of vast reserves for old-age security, he gives his best to the service of Christ and trusts Him for the future. He believes that if he seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, he will never lack food and clothing (Matthew 6:33).