Counting the Cost
Now large crowds were traveling
with him; and he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me and does
not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes,
and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the
cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending
to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see
whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation
and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying,
'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'....So therefore,
none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
Much attention is given in the world to envisioning, goal setting and planning.
The world knows that things do not get accomplished without goals and a
plan. Jesus makes it clear that this is true also in relation to following
him. It is true for our individual callings.
Jesus wants us to follow him - all the way.
Questions for Reflection
for each other!
What do you want you relationship
with Jesus Christ to be like one year from now? What steps will you have
to take to see that happen?
What kind of ministry (use of
your gifts) do you believe Jesus may have you doing two years from now?
What steps will you have to take to see that happen?
What do we have to give up to
follow Jesus - and keep following Jesus?
How do you feel about giving
up your children? What does that mean to you? How do you need to be letting
What kind of giving up needs
to happen in your relationships? With your possessions? Other areas of
your life? - To get where Jesus is leading you?