If you lived during Jesus time and saw him perform ‘miracles” and proclaim himself to be the Messiah and the King of the Jews, and God’s son, would you follow him and go out and spread the word like the 12 disciples (only 12?) did?
NOT SO FAST: There are some pre-requisities you have to get through.
Here they are:
Hate your family
“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“
Be at variance with your family
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10.35,36
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Luke 12:51-53
Sell everything you own and give it to the poor
sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.– Luke 18:18-22
Kill your family
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.”
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Matthew 19:29
YOU SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD AND SHALL INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE!
WELL, WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?
Do you see the sequence here?
Start off by hating and being at varience with your family, then realizing that you have no need for earthly goods, sell all you have and kill your family. Now, and only now, after following steps 1-4, are you ready to follow Jesus. No wonder only 12 people chose to follow him.