Barriers to Being a Disciple: Possessions

Barriers to Being a Disciple: Possessions

In Luke 14:25-33, Jesus identifies three barriers that make it difficult to follow Him:

  • People
  • Priorities
  • Possessions

As already noted in a previous post, the people we love the most can really get in the way and hinder godly devotion.  In addition, misplaced priorities and seeing things from a temporal perspective, rather than from a godly point of view, keeps us from true discipleship.


This week, I want to talk about how our possessions make it so hard to follow Jesus.

Luke 14:33, “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” 

According to the Lord Jesus, we must “forsake all that we possess”, “renounce all that we have”, or we cannot be His disciples!

But what does that mean? Does it mean that we are not to enjoy the good things that God has blessed us with?
James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV)

No, we are to enjoy the good gifts that the Father gives to us; however, we must not depend on “things” to satisfy us.  As we grow in our discipleship, we will want less and less of things and more of Him.  He is the one who satisfies the deep longings of our souls-not possessions.

It has been my privilege to do short term mission trips in the third world countries for many years and I am always amazed that, although these believers seem to have nothing by our standards, they seem more joyful and satisfied than most professing Christians in America.  Why?  Because He is enough!

Is He “enough” in your life?

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.