What will it cost to follow Christ? What will it cost, be considered a disciple? Is there still a price to pay to please God?
To come to the full knowledge and love of God, and walk with him will require that you and I come to the end of ourselves. The people and things you and I most treasure in life, our traditions, our friends, our personal dreams, our resources, our strength, our comforts, our philosophies, and even our will - all must be given to receive all that God has for you and me.
Allowing Christ to be Lord of your life requires complete surrender and unblemished faith. Trusting in his sovereign goodness in the valley of decisions, and crossing the threshold of pleasure verse godliness is the price you and I must pay to remain faithful to the call to “follow him”.
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “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. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “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? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “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? 32 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.
33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.