The word “disciple” means a learner. A disciple of Jesus means someone who follows Jesus, learns from Jesus and becomes like Jesus.
In Luke 14, we find Jesus teaching a large crowd, and he challenged them on what it means to be a disciple. People started leaving because the cost was too high, his words were too convicting.
Being a disciple of Jesus costs. There is always a cost involved in being a committed Christian.
Salvation is free, but discipleship costs.
In the church today, we have made discipleship too easy and the commitment of being a follower of Jesus is pretty low. We have lowered the bar in Christianity so much that people think they are doing God a favor by coming to church. The truth is that you will never find that kind of faith in the Bible. Discipleship costs, but it is worth it.
This passage calls out four characteristics of a follower of Jesus.