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​​​Commitment By Don Krow 

And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.   them…” (Luke 14:25).  As I looked at that scripture, I thought, Lord, you can’t mean that. What does that word “hate” mean? It probably means to love less or something like that. As I began to study, however, I discovered that the word literally means “hate.”

Jesus used the strongest possible word to emphasize a point. He said unless you hate your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, even your own life, you can’t be His disciple. I want to ask you something: What is the closest relationship you will ever have on this earth? It’s your mother and father or your spouse and children. What happens if your wife turns against you and divorces you, or your mother and father die? Who will stick with you then? It will be your brothers and your sisters. Jesus said, unless you hate them, you can’t be His disciple. What is He saying??? To read the full lesson text click here.

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section.


​1.  Read Luke 9:57-62. What does this passage teach about the level of commitment toward following Christ?

2.  Read Luke 8:13-14. Why do some people seem to fall away, or turn away, from the Christian faith?

3.  Read Ezekiel 16:8. God uses the illustration of marriage to describe a relationship with His people. Whose possession does one become in this relationship?

 4.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:19. Who do you belong to?

5.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:20. Who does your body and your spirit belong to?

6.  Read James 4:4. Can you commit spiritual adultery against God?

7.  What would constitute spiritual adultery in God’s eyes?

8.  Read John 2:23-25. What can we learn about commitment and faith from these verses?

9.  Read Luke 14:28-30. Have you counted the cost to follow Jesus? Do you want to follow Him? 



​1.  Absolute surrender.

2.  They have never put down a root system in the Word of God. The cares, riches, and pleasures of this life take them away.

3.  God’s.

4.  God.  

5.  God.

6.  Yes.  

7.  A heart that is turned away from Him to idols (things that you have made more important that God). See Romans 1:25.

8.  That Jesus wants all of our hearts (a total commitment).

9.  Yes.

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