So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
In America a farmer felt convinced that he was not living to Christ as he ought, with that warm-hearted earnestness which characterises those who are born again. He was a large farmer, and had a great number of stacks in his yard. He went into the centre one day, and threw himself on his face, and said he would have it out with God. He prayed to Jesus Christ, and found forgiveness through His righteousness. He got up to tell his wife and children. It was Pentecost-like. Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." The farmer believed it, and went home, but he had not reached the fence ere he was arrested by a voice which said there was something more. He stopped, and cried out, "O Lord, what more? is there anything more, and I will give it Thee?" He went back to the spot where he was bound to Christ, and reiterated again, "What more, O Lord; is there any more I can do?" And something told him that he had not given up the stackyard to the Lord. He burst out, "Lord, I yield; take the stack-yard — take the horses — take the farm!" He returned to his wife and children. But there was something else; he had a large balance at the bank. He had been a prosperous man, and was counting on the better time when he could hold a palatial residence for himself and family. That money was not given to the Lord; but he cried out, "Take it, Lord; I give it all up." And instead of building a residence he built a chapel, and supported the ministers of God, and went to the camp meeting, and gave his stack-yard, farm-houses, his wife and children, into the hand of the Lord. He used the money in the bank judiciously, and it is a pleasure to him to lend waggons to his poorer neighbours, and plough their fields.
(Handbook to Scripture Doctrines.)
Parallel VersesKJV: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
WEB: So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.