Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 326 C r y s t a l L . R a t c l i f f We know that Peter was married because of a later account of the healing of his mother-in-law. He had obligations. He had reasons that he probably could have said, “No, I can’t follow you. I don’t have time for that.” Throughout scripture, Peter seems a bit impulsive  .  .  .  and outspoken. I must admit that those are reasons why I can relate to Peter so well. I’m thankful he chose to follow Jesus because we can follow Peter’s ministry, see his spiritual growth, and learn from it. Let’s look at what it takes to become a disciple of Christ. Please read Luke 14:25-33. 1. Supreme Love for God (vs. 26) – Be careful not to stumble over that word hate. Of course Jesus is not asking us to hate our family members (see Matthew 10:37). He is asking to be given first place in our lives. 2. Death to Self (vs. 27) – To take up our cross is to deny self. We must deny the will of the flesh and choose not to let it have power over us. Taking up our cross causes us to examine our priorities in life and commit to following the Lord with our whole heart. 3. Abandonment of All I Have (vs. 33) – Jesus asks that we forsake all that we have in order to be his disciple. We must surrender all that we have to the Lord. If we hold anything back from Him, our spiritual growth will be hindered. In that moment when Peter left his fishing nets and followed Jesus, he demonstrated these three things. We don’t read about Peter running home to check with his wife before following Jesus. He knew that his love for the Lord had to be paramount in his life. I’m sure there was a battle with his flesh as he considered the money he