Most of Jesus’ teachings are completely incomprehensible from a first-half-of-life perspective. Just read a few, and you will get the point.
“Leave all things and follow me”
You have to have it before you can give it away. You have to know yourself before you can move beyond yourself. Most people therefore just glaze over when they hear such impossible idealism.
“Take up your cross”
By and large, young people are not yet ready to understand “the cross.” It becomes a piece of jewelry instead of a real agenda for life. People in the first half of life are about growing up, not growing down. Most people are not psychologically capable of truly grasping the full need and importance of letting go until their fifties or sixties, and many not even then.
continue to read Richard’s devotional at: https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/2016/06/