Luke 14:25-33 – The Cost of Discipleship
Yesterday I had this passage reintroduced to me in a way that has challenged me to the core. The backdrop of this message is Jesus speaking to the crowds about what it really costs to follow him. He gives several examples of people who wisely count the cost of an effort (a builder building a tower or a king going to war) to be sure that they can see it through to completion.
In the season of life I’m in right now, I’ve often questioned if many of the things that I hope for are worth the effort under my current circumstances. I love my church, family, and friends but I’ve been overwhelmed with what it takes to support and participate in these relationships for various reasons that I won’t dig too deeply into right now. The point is that I’d grown weary – and didn’t know if I had the strength to go on to completion.
Then the reminder comes: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” –John 6:44 and the verse from Luke shines in a new light. The preacher shared with us that some scholars have interpreted that passage to also say that God has counted the cost of making us disciples of Christ and determined that we had what it takes to see that calling to completion – not by our own efforts, but by faith through grace. For me, what was beginning to seem like an option that was too costly to pursue suddenly becomes the only option worth living for. While it doesn’t make the effort easier, I realize that someone greater than me is believing in me and cheering me on.
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Hebrews 12:1-3
Lord, thank you for believing in me… for standing by and cheering me on… and for giving me a community of believers who are pursuing your high calling as well. — Amen