Luke 14:26 says “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple.” Now, I thought about this scripture and at first it was puzzling to me because I was trying to figure out why I have to deny folk in order to follow Jesus and then it donned on me. See, if you stop and take a look around at the folks who are in your circle, you may find that some of them are the obstacle blocking you from getting your breakthrough. Yea, one of them talks so much about themselves that you can’t even hear God’s voice telling you to move. One of them brags so much about the material things that you can’t even see God working in front of you. One of them is even probably talking down about your relationship and you’re too busy nodding and agreeing that you don’t even realize they’re the ones causing the issues in your home. Yea, you may need to start denying some folk and some things because they may be the ones causing all the hell you’re going through. Stop trying to keep up with folk, slow down and get what’s yours. Stop pretending and conforming to this world of mess when John 12:25 says, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Yea, you’ve got to hate this worldly life in order to get to your eternal life yet, you’d rather enjoy the world and take a gamble with your salvation but baby you better recognize, before it’s too late, that you may not have time to get it right. I know, you enjoy drinking on Friday, dancing on Saturday and detoxing on Sunday but when will you have time to devote to God? In the midst of your hangover will you help someone who needs you? In the midst of your partying, would you pray for me if I called? In the midst of your cheating, would you comfort me if I needed a friend?
All I am saying is you need to start denying some folk or some things in order to get what you need and where you need to be. You can’t keep allowing “them” to cause you to stumble on your journey because they won’t be the one to blame, you will. Just because “they” smoke or drink, it doesn’t mean you have too. Just because “they” wear that it doesn’t mean you have too. Just because “they” sleep in on Sunday and miss church, manage mess on Monday and miss Bible Study, weep on Wednesday and miss prayer meeting, drink on two for one Thursday and skip choir rehearsal; it doesn’t mean you have too. Stop following and lead sometime. Stop conforming and change every now and then. Stop doubting and start denying all those requests that you know won’t mean you any good tomorrow. Luke 14:33 says, “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.” You have to be willing to give up some things to get something, deny some folk to declare deliverance, reject some things to receive some others and throw away some things in order to transform your tribulations. Yea, you may want to look at denying some calls, deleting some text messages and discarding some phone numbers in order to get the blessing you’ve been waiting on.