“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)
There are those who would start after Jesus in hope that they too could be one of His followers. They hope what they are willing to offer Him will suffice. But then He lays down the conditions for discipleship. “You cannot have Me and keep your own life.” At this word many turn away; the cost is too much to pay. They love their life in this world. They love the things they do, the places they go, the things they want and pursue. Jesus asks too much.
As they depart with their lives still in their hand does Jesus run after them, asking them to reconsider as He puts a new deal on the table? Does He barter with them, bringing down His price and asking them how much they are willing to pay? No. The price is fixed. There are no negotiations. He knows what He is worth and what it will cost to follow Him. If we will not give Him all, He will take nothing.