“Counting The Cost”
BIBLE READING: Luke 14-15
Before you obeyed the Gospel, did you ever really stop and think how much it would cost you to become as follower of Jesus? You should have! Now don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that becoming a Christian was the greatest decision I will ever make. I also believe that no matter what the cost that I must pay, it will definitely be worth it, not only in the life to come, but the here and now as well. But, when people don’t count the cost, they are quick to fall away and reluctant to come back because they did not understand the magnitude of the commitment. Jesus compares these people to a person who sets out to build a tower, yet in the excitement of building, they neglect to first lay out a plan of how it will be paid for. Then, after the foundation is laid, the tower must be abandoned because they do not have the funds to cover it. Jesus wants us to fully understand how much it will cost for us to truly be His disciple. Listen to what Jesus says, “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.33). Jesus says that true discipleship will cost you everything. After all, that is what it cost Him on the cross. Yet whatever the cost in this life, will truly be given back over a hundred-fold as we inherit the true Promise Land of Heaven. Just like the old song says, “Heaven will surely be worth it all”.