The passage in Luke 14:25-33 is a place Jesus makes plain and clear what is required for one to be a true disciple. We all will be quite challenged by what the Lord says to us here. For many, the call and the cost of following Christ is great, but for some, not so much. Let me outline a few instances for us to examine to ensure we understand the cost of discipleship.
Verse 27 Jesus says we must bear a cross. Today it is fair to say there are too many ‘unused crosses’. True disciples do not sit and first weigh the cost of following Christ. Romans 12:1 says, it is our “Reasonable Service”. With all the many rewards and blessings God gives to His children, there is no doubt that one of these blessings is a cross to bear. When we present our cross to Christ at our judgment, will it be used, worn, battered and beaten? Or will it look polished, and barely used? Jesus says we are to take up, and bear our cross after Him.
The second illustration Jesus gives is a man who intends to build a tower. Jesus says it is foolish for us to have intention for good and not to follow through. There are too many ‘unfinished buildings’ in the faith. Many start well; they get materials, they lay well intended plans, but when the pressures and pleasures of life press in, the plans are laid aside. The building (which represents a life, dedicated and holy unto the Lord is left to decay and becomes a monument of a misspent life instead of a tower declaring the glory of God. I encourage you to press on in the work, finish what God has called you to do.
The last example is a king who declares war against another but first does not evaluate his abilities and manpower. He looks to himself and what he can accomplish but neglects to include God in his plans. Christians may want to be in the battle, but they can get ahead of the Lord, they do not seek His counsel, or they push on in haste and leave behind their armor. In the end, what happens is there are too many ‘unfought wars’. Believers who wanted to serve, but ended up battered and beaten, wounded and outcast instead of victorious.
The truth is when it comes to true discipleship, one can do nothing profitable for the King, unless they are totally and fully committed to Him in every way. One’s family, finances, or plans for the future cannot preclude what our Lord requires of us. However, do not stress over this. Our God is gracious and knows how to meet all the needs of His children. In fact it has been my experience, the more one surrenders to Him, the more He brings all things together.
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Leads to joy and blessings unspeakable.
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