Now, upon what personal conditions may I become a disciple? …
No school of man was ever so strictly guarded, so select, as this, yet none was ever so easy of access.
No bar of race,
or color, or caste,
or age stands across the entrance.
Humanity constitutes the essential claim.
And yet, because of the importance of the truths to be revealed,
and of the necessity for the application of every power of the being to the understanding and realization of these truths,
Jesus stands at the entrance,
forbidding any to enter,
save upon certain conditions.
Let us hear His threefold word.
I. “If any man cometh unto Me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, He Cannot Be My Disciple” (Luke xiv. 26).
II. “Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after Me, Cannot Be My Disciple” (Luke xiv. 27).
III. “Whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that lie hath, he CanNot Be My Disciple” (Luke xiv. 33).
The new relationship must be superior, in the urgency of its claims to the claim of any earthly relationship; it must be considered and answered before any claims of the self-life. The Teacher demands that we shall take up the cross and so follow on, even though the progress be through pain.
George Campbell Morgan. Discipleship.