Again, the author of Luke presents us with a challenging text.
Jesus has recently ate with the honorable Pharisee and his honorable guests. Jesus taught about living into God’s kingdom as a celebration with food, drink, and seating abundant enough for all to be invited, welcomed, and have a seat at the table. This kingdom is here now, near, and not yet fulfilled.
Jesus continues to teach about discipleship and the kingdom to come, but he sounds like a honest salesperson cautiously informing us of the costs and risks of discipleship, in order that we are able to make an informed decision. He basically says:
Step on up! Boys and girls, men and women for all ages!
I have a deal for you! God’s FREE and abundant grace!
That is right FREE, my favorite price.
But, can I also interest you in discipleship?
It will cost you your ego, pride, and social net-worth.
It may also cost you family, friends, all your stuff, and even your very life.
THAT is a hard sale, even for God Incarnate. Read the rest of this entry »