Jesus gives us strong words to emphasize the high cost of being a disciple.
He uses metaphors to show us that the cost is even greater than loyalty to family and even all of your possessions.
Nothing can be allowed to distract you from the essential reality of Jesus calling you to the conversion of heart and discipleship.
Keep what you are doing in perspective. Love and care for your family and love God above all else.
We are encouraged to weigh carefully the dangers of making the wrong choice about who or what we really want to follow.
How much are we willing to sacrifice to be his disciples?