Wednesday: 7th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 14:25-33
Luke 14:33 “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.(MSG)
Cost estimates and analysis have very little to do with feelings, but are very much focused on ‘numbers’ to determine if they present a practical option to embark on that project. Therefore, in the presentation of proposals for consideration at board meetings, after the heartfelt and passionate effort to make one’s idea known, the decision often comes down to a game of numbers: profit or loss?
Even though today’s text is clearly focused on our call to discipleship, it appears a big deviation from the usual heart to heart dialogues of Jesus, to a rather calculative suggestion. One that seems to say: “if you really want to follow me, you need to know how much it will cost you”. This information is necessary lest one makes up their mind without expecting to put anything on the table.
By all means, following Jesus is rewarding, it is an amazing and beautiful journey. Nonetheless, it comes at a cost: a price which appears steeper to pay as time passes. One has to be willing to be set apart, ready to avoid some company, willing to go against the current standards of the world. In addition, one must be ready to set aside their own will and desires to follow that of the Father.
These are big decisions to make, and one that calls for careful consideration: strong enough for Jesus to compare with a king’s preparation for war or a man desiring to build a house. Do you have the means to go the whole way? Or are in in for a short visit? Sweetheart, the truth mentioned should not give you cold feet nor scare you off, because the grace to keep going is available when you say Yes. The choice to follow, will most certainly be a challenging journey ! but it is also one that is worth every effort.
Remember # becoming true disciples of Jesus is not a walk in the park, but it is a status we can all attain.