COUNT THE COST
The Lord Jesus was not a salesman. He never tried to sell Christianity. He never asked people to follow Him by telling them only the benefits they would get. On the contrary, He often told them about the difficulties and the hardships they would experience as disciples, and He encouraged them to think carefully about the consequences of following Him.
Two parables in the gospel of Luke put the question of cost in the context of discipleship. It is the twin parables of the man who wanted to build a tower and the king who wanted to go to war. They are only found in Luke in a passage that is often entitled ‘the cost of discipleship.’ Luke 14:25-33.