You may be called to give up your life. /to a life of poverty. / people disagreeing with you. /Hating you. The word HATE used in this scripture is disturbing. It is supposed to make us uncomfortable. I am saddened by how many preachers water down the word HATE because it can’t possibly mean to be as harsh as Jesus uses it. When you make a commitment to Christ you may be called to put aside that which you love. / be a different person.
Jesus wants people whose commitment is long term, when the world gets messy, when the people you immerse yourself in keep on being stupid. People who don’t quit. I heard about a guy that quit his job at the helium factory. Why, asked the boss. I’m just so tired of the way you talk to me in that tone of voice….