Luke 14:25 to Luke 15:10
In these chapters, Jesus explains to the crowd what it takes to be his disciples indeed. His words, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, and even their own life cannot be my disciples’ Jesus goes on to say that if anyone wants to build a tower, he will first sit down and count the cost to determine his ability to complete it, Jesus continues with another parable talking about a king going to war against another king, but this king first compares the number of men he has with the other kings and seeing that he cannot win, sends a delegation to make peace.
The Pharisees complained about Jesus dinning with sinners, Jesus responded with a parable of the lost sheep, where if one loses one sheep out of hundred, will leave the ninety nine to look for that one and rejoice when he finds it. He went on to further respond with similar parables.
In the world we live in today, it is easy for us to be derailed even when we want to be disciples of Jesus.
Your decision to be a disciple of Jesus might not be popular; therefore the views of friends, family e.t.c might affect your level of commitment. Jesus pointed out the need to weigh your options, those people whose views are affecting your decision, can in no way save you or sustain you, neither can you save yourself. Therefore you need to ‘sit down and count the cost’ will you rather listen to them, or give your all to the one who can save and sustain you. While there are billions of people in this world, your life is very important to JESUS.
I lay down all I have, including my life for Jesus.
Reading – Luke 14:25 to Luke 15:10
The Cost of Being a Disciple
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.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
- Luke 15:8 Greek ten drachmas, each worth about a day’s wages