The cost of Being a Disciple
25. A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,
26. “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple,
27. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.”
28. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?
29. Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.
30. They would say, “There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!”
31. “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counsellors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?
32. And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.
33. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
Are we willing to share our blessings so that others can have the basics (food, clothing, shelter, education, health care)?
Jesus found freedom not in what He could have, but in what He could give. Our journey to freedom is along the same path.
Perhaps we can ask ourselves two questions:
- If every Christian was as committed as me, what would the church look like?
- What is the next thing I would like (not need) to buy … am I willing to give it up to meet the needs of someone else?