“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
Jesus says that a person who would be Christ’s disciple must give up all his own possessions! Every follower (“whosoever he be of you”) is required by the Lord Jesus not to give more importance to anything he possesses (as opposed to “forsaketh not all that he hath”). Not only money, but even material goods that we possess must be abandoned as of no value, compared to following Jesus. There are no exceptions or exemptions to this absolute, unqualified requirement made by Christ.
The word “forsake” (Greek: apotassō) literally means “to take leave of” or “to say good-bye to”. What is Jesus teaching us here? His point is that those who would be His disciples must recognise that if the Lord asked them to give up all their possessions, they must be willing – because loving obedience is their highest duty and joy.
Have you esteemed Jesus as more precious than all else that you cherish in your life? Every person who comes to Him must renounce all that he has as valueless. In other words, no half-heartedness in following Jesus! Neither should there be any distraction in his life when it comes to following Jesus.