Being a disciple of Jesus
After leaving the wealth of Heaven, Jesus was born into a poor family. When Joseph and Mary went to the temple to offer his son to God, they cling to the provisions of the law for the poor, they brought their sacrifice pigeon pair rather than a lamb and a pigeon.
During his ministry as an itinerant preacher, Jesus had no home and few possessions.
To the one who begged to be His followers, He said: “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20). He teaches from a boat loan, entered the city of Jerusalem by using borrowed donkey, through the last night of his life in a cubicle loan, and was buried in a tomb in loans, for the daily maintenance money he shared with his apostles, they also depend to help a group of women who sometimes participate in their tour. Poverty Jesus seems beyond doubt.But the profession of Jesus was a carpenter, which means he considered the owner class skills. Jesus himself is not derived from the daily labor of the proletariat and peasants who had no land, but from middle-class people of Galilee, the skilled workers as his father Joseph, he is a carpenter, a “tekton” a Greek term which means a builder, carpenter and carriage maker in which all join into one.
As long as we can know the students who called him to follow him home from the same social environment, so Jesus was not displaced. To those who want to become His followers, He said: “It is precisely each one of you, who do not detach himself from all his possessions, can not be my disciple”. Twelve have been doing so quite literally. Then they immediately left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:18). “And when Jesus continued his journey a little longer, his views of James, son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, was cleaning the nets in the boat.
Jesus immediately called them and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (Mark 1:19, 20). Then when he walked through there, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the customs house and then he said to him: “Follow me!” So Levi stood and followed him. (Mark 2:14).
Likewise, Jesus demands from the rich ruler to sell what he owns and give the proceeds to the poor people, and followed him. (Mark 10:21). It is because of this Peter exclaimed to Jesus: “We have left everything and followed you” (Mark 10:28).
So if Jesus expects all his followers to leave all things if you want to follow him? The apostles had to do so, and the rich man has been challenged to do so.
But is it a universal rule? we must watch not to remove little by little the radical demands of Jesus, and to avoid such behavior with one interprets these verses. Jesus said that we need to collect treasure in heaven and not on earth; that we must put our devotion to the law of God and His greatness of the things that are physical; that we must guard against greed, and that is not possible to serve God and money simultaneously. In Matthew 6:19 says: “Do you collect treasures on earth, where moth and rust earth and a thief broke break through and steal.” And Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto . ‘also in Luke 12:15 “He said again to them:” Watch your guard against all greed, for though an abundant wealth, life does not consist in the wealth. ”
He was not instructed all his followers to leave the property, the example of Joseph of Arimathea, described as “a rich” as well as a “disciple of Jesus” (Matthew 27:57). So these two things in fact do not contradict one another. Zacchaeus, the tax collector who was rich promise to restore four times the blackmail money, and give half of his property to the poor, which means that the rest of the half again, reduced by the amount of money to return to his victims, still possessed .
But Jesus says that salvation has been awarded to Zacchaeus (Luke 19:8 ff). So when he says that one can not be His disciple unless “left” who has everything, and “hated” parent and his brothers, then we must interpret the verb as another expression. We are not required to “hate” our parents literally, and leave our possessions literally, what is asked of us is a priority of Jesus Christ on the family and even our property.