What does it mean to be a disciple? Sunday’s texts answer this question in various ways. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul spells out the mission before us. He explains that with the Spirit of God within, our lives should be different. We are called to use our freedom in Christ for good, so that God can transform our lives and empower us for ministry. In the gospel, Jesus faces resistance from those he’s called as disciples. People conjure up all sorts of excuses why they can’t start right away, but Jesus will have none of it. He makes it clear that answering his call and living the life of discipleship requires no less than everything. This Sunday as Deacon Bri preaches I have no doubt she will point out that these passages are difficult… because discipleship is a difficult endeavor! Scripture shows how much God is demanding of those who wish to follow. Those called are asked to give everything. No wonder there is resistance! Yet, these scriptures also remind us that the Spirit will support our work and, in turn, give us everything to enable us to answer the call.
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