If the great task of the church is to multiply disciples (Matt 28:19, 20), then we ought to be crystal clear on what a disciple is, right? So, would you join me in considering that issue? What’s a disciple? What does a good one look like? How is one made? And how am I personally (you, the dear maxgrace.com reader) doing at it?
Today… let’s consider the cost of discipleship.
I will comment on this passage of Scripture more extensively tomorrow, but for today, I would like to ask for respectful, loving, cordial, BRIEF (15-20 blog lines MAX or I’ll gleefully edit you down), happy, sensible, non-belligerent, non-bellicose… okay, you get the idea… DIALOGUE on what this passage means.
If you would be so bold as to specify precisely what you see as the Cost of Discipleship, I would greatly appreciate it. Go on record. That way I can slam you tomorrow! In Christian love, of course. Just kidding. I’ll go on record tomorrow, okay?
So the question is precisely this: according to this important passage of our Lord’s teaching, what is the cost/s of discipleship? I’ll give some interpretive suggestions below.
LUKE 14:25 ¶ Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it–
29 “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30 “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.
33 “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 “It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Look at the context before you leap to conclusions.
How does GRACE factor in? Or does it?
How does the church today understand this paragraph?
How does the church today apply this paragraph?
Don’t feel like it’s heavy homework or anything like that. Simply jot down a few thoughts or even questions if you like.