Daily Bible Podcast Day 014 – Genesis 34-36, Luke 14

November 14, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“’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? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

‘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? 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. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.'” ~Luke 14:28-33

Observation:
Jesus has a good number of “unreasonable” moments and this is one of them. He asks for complete surrender, which is not something I’m always exactly happy with. When I decided for myself to become a Christian, I didn’t do what Jesus suggests. I didn’t count the cost. I didn’t consider the long-term effects. I made a naïve decision and I suspect I’m not alone.

Application:
I don’t always think about the cost of discipleship. Are there some friendships I need to speak Truth to that might be damaged? Sometimes I’m too worried about someone else’s opinion of me if I make the tiniest strides toward discipleship. The cost of discipleship could very well mean losing all my friends, even the Christian ones. Am I really prepared for that?

Prayer:
Father, your closest disciples seemed almost joyful to bear the cost of discipleship. I don’t always feel that way, even when the cost isn’t that high. You have the power to work in me and I pray You will soften my heart toward committing everything to you.

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