2003-04-09 - Being a Disciple
In Luke 14, Christ tells us that we have to think ahead about the cost of being a disciple. He tells two parables that explain that before you accept Christ and carry your cross, you have to sit down and take a long, hard look at what it will cost you. If you accept the costs and choose to accept Christ then, well, you know where it goes from there. If not, write me asking. (If one person asks, I will write a devotional on it for you.)
In verses, 28-30, Jesus tells us, "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'" The cost of following Christ is very great, and we cannot jump into it and then realize what God requires of us and -- then decide to draw away from God, saying it's not worth it.
In verses 34-35, Jesus tells us, "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out." He is telling us that if we were to accept Christ and then decide to leave Him because we cannot pay the cost of being one of His disciples, then we are useless and we have to be thrown out. You have to sit down and realize the true extent of the cost of following Christ, then make a decision to accept Him into your life.
You know what, as I read what I just wrote it seems as though we have to weigh the good for the bad, then decide whether a relationship with Christ is worthwhile.
The Word of God, For the children of God, "Thanks be to God."
I love you all,