“The Cost of Discipleship”
Attached or committed? How would you describe your relationship with Jesus? Luke tells us in this passage that large crowds were traveling with Jesus like an entourage. There is uncertainty as to whether they are just going along for the ride or whether they really believe in Him. Some are probably saved, some are not just like many groups of people who gather. But whatever their spiritual status, Jesus intends to teach them the full implications of being a Christ follower.
Jesus then tells two brief stories. The first one is of a careless builder. One who does not estimates the costs of supplies and labour or considers the ground on which he builds. The second, wise builder estimates the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it. He will also make careful evaluation of the costs, risks and resources. The unfinished structure of the first builder will be visible evidence of impulsive commitment and his failure will expose him to ridicule. Applying this to discipleship enables us to understand that it is not a casual or occasional activity. Enthusiasm is important but more is needed in order to sustain one with Christ’s experience of the cross. It is an exciting adventure but it is also draining and demanding.
The second parable describes a king who is being invaded by an army twice its size. Should there be resistance at what cost? His position and resources may be enough but what if he fights and loses? Time to decide is imminent and so he must weigh the risks, make a choice and live with the consequences. Jesus’ point is not only the cost of discipleship, but the consequences of refusing discipleship. Choice is inevitable. Not becoming a disciple is to miss the privilege of knowing and following Jesus. What is your decision? Are you willing to give and follow Jesus? Discipleship involves daily acts of giving all things to Christ. Are we willing to do this?
Holy and loving Lord, we thank you that you want us to follow you to live for you to be your disciple. Help us to do so and to strive to live faithfully in your way always. Hear us as we pray. Amen.
The cost of discipleship involves both commitment and looking at the consequences. Are you choosing to follow actively or to drift as you see fit? Count the cost of discipleship—are you careless or careful? Consider the consequences- to delay is to not know Christ Jesus! Is being a disciple of Christ worth this?