In this installment of the Jesus story, large crowds are following Jesus. He turns to them and confronts them-and us-with what it really takes to be a follower of Jesus. The way of life Jesus invites us to is one in which we are free to serve and love God and others. Though we use these words a lot, not many of us live them.
Jesus names those things we are attached to including loved ones, our possessions and even our lives. He invites us to shift or transform the way we think about these people and things so that we see them all as gifts entrusted to us to use for the good of all.
Jesus doesn't want parts of our lives. Jesus wants it all.
Jesus doesn't want us to be partly alive. Jesus wants us to be fully alive.