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.” Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
In order to be Christ’s disciples, who must be first in our lives? What issues and influences compete for priority in our daily living?
The last verse of this text is a difficult one for us to consider. In what ways does this text challenge you?
Yes, the last verse is difficult. In fact all of the verses are uncomfortable or at least not clear. As someone who builds things for a living I can identify with the builder, but not a king who is raging war. What would be easier - plan a war or give up all my possessions?
Right now I would rather read another scripture, something more pleasant.
I have heard it said that all we have is from God. Is the last verse a reminder that when we think we own our possessions for our benefit, then we need to give that idea up before we enlist and keep our discipleship.
I am not a theologian or a biblical scholar, but this is what I know. God is gracious beyond my understanding. God wants us to be with me, to be a disciple of his love.
I know the cost of discipleship is not cheap, and it is not just done once. I know that God will not give up on me. And I know that God holds the invitation to be a disciple in one hand and holds my hand with the other.
How is reconciling difficult texts the same as reconciling tough discipleship?