Yesterday as I read Luke 14, the Holy Spirit stopped me at the section in verses 25-33. I usually gloss over the word ‘hate’ in verse 26, but I called my pastor. He said that the Greek word for hate in verse 26 means to regard with less affection. This is the only place it is used.
This section is talking about counting the cost. As I read it over and over the Holy Spirit gave me this insight. I invite you to ponder this with me. Have I considered the cost of pushing through in my flesh only to forfeit what the Lord has called me to do?
Moses did not count the cost and forfeited going into the promised land. He was told to speak to the rock. However, in his fleshly anger he struck it. Numbers 20:12 says, “…because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Period.
Paul is a great example for us. He was highly credentialed. He listed his fleshly accomplishments in Philippians 3:4-6. Paul said in verse 8 that all of what he had pushed to gain was but a heap of trash. Here are his words, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
When Paul counted the cost, he forsook all to follow the Lord. Luke 14:26 says that if we don’t regard our family and ourself LESS than our affection for the Lord-we cannot be His disciple.