Jesus was born on this earth and gave humanity the new commandment of love. When he went around preaching the new message many followed him. Most of them were swept by his charismatic approach and teachings.
Some of the listeners came forward to be his disciples. Some left him after some time, unable to accept his teachings. Some remained with him till his death and continued his work till their death.
People who come to know about Christ want to follow him. They appreciate his message. They want to make their lives better by following his teachings. They want to become his disciples.
Today also many people want to become the disciples of Christ. How much does it cost to be a disciple of Christ?
Luke portrays a picture that fixes the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. Luke chapter 9, verses 57 to 62 tells about the cost of Christian discipleship. It shows three types of people who volunteer to be the disciple of Jesus.
1) The young man of comforts
In the passage mentioned above, a young man comes forward and says to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."(Luke 9: 57) But he turns his back when Jesus points out that he had no home and none of the things considered necessary for a happy life. The young man was not ready to forego his comforts which may not be available if he became the disciple of Jesus.
2) The man opts for a suitable time
Jesus asked another person to follow him. But he dodged saying it was not the right time for him. He was willing to follow Jesus but he felt the timing was not right. He had other duties of burying his father first. "But the man replied, 'Lord, first let me go and bury my father.' Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.'" (Luke 9: 59-60) A disciple of Jesus is expected to obey the divine commandments of his calling.
3) The singleness of purpose the Christian disciple should have
Finally, Jesus uses an example to explain the quality of his disciple. His disciple should have a single purpose. He cannot serve two masters. He takes up the example of a plowing man. If he looks back while holding the plow, it may hit somewhere and ruin his job. His disciple should have a single mind and be ready to sacrifice.