“The Cost of Being a Disciple and more about discipleship the crowds that followed Jesus thought he was on the way to a throne. Jesus told them he was on the way to a cross. If they wanted to follow him, they had to understand what his kingdom was like and what his followers could expect. Jesus is surrounded by all the markings of great success because “great crowds” accompanied him. With such popularity, you would have thought that he would do all that he could. Jesus shoots straight and talks straight, and indeed tells the crowd to “count the cost” of following Him. We too are not to use hidden or deceptive means to win followers. We are to avoid manipulation, deceit, worldly cunning, political backbiting, or smooth talking. Jesus did not engage in salesmanship to win people; he spoke the truth. “He who has ears, let him hear.

” It reads in Luke 14:25-35.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even their own life, such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Father God, I love You, thank You, praise You and give You all the honor and glory that I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary. Father, I want to be Your disciple and to take up my own cross daily and follow You in humble obedience. I believe that I may willingly submit to Your will in every area of my life and to share in Christ’s sufferings, so that I will be continuously transformed by His death into the likeness of Christ. Let be straight and upfront with others so I can pass Your salt and light on to them in Jesus Precious Name Amen.