Luke 14:33 NKJV - "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple."
Many a Christian has pondered the impact this verse has had on their lives, especially in the matter of dedication. How dedicated is someone to the Lord if they say they will truly follow Him? What must they do to show their complete surrender to His will? What tangible way can they declare their utter dependency on the Lord?
The answer to that is how each dedicated disciple interprets what it means to "forsake all he has..." Does this mean literally to sell everything they own and follow the Lord totally depending on Him to provide for their needs? Or could there be another legitimate way to determine "forsaking all"?
Think of OWNERSHIP. Forsaking everything doesn't have to mean selling everything. What it can mean is GIVING UP OWNERSHIP OF EVERYTHING!
As long as I claim something to "be mine" I'm claiming that I have the right to do what I want with what is mine and I have the right to decide what someone else can do with what I call my own. But if I give up ownership of that particular thing to God then I'm also giving up the right to use that thing for my own purposes and I'm recognizing that God now has the right to do what He wants with what is His own!
Who owns what you call "yours?" Who has the right to do whatever they want with what you call "yours?" How you answer those questions will help show the degree of your dedication to being a true disciple of Jesus.