How Do We Count the Cost?

Have you ever had a decision you had to make and you had to sit and think about it, examine the pros and cons? No decision in life is easy, but the easiest (and best) decision we can make is to follow Christ. Today’s Scripture is about counting the cost.


Luke 14:28-35

“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—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 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? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 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!”

In this Scripture, Jesus is saying that people always examine the options in front of them, examine the decisions that must be made. We evaluate what it will cost to do something, and if we feel the cost is too great, we do not do it, as in the example with the king who sends a delegation to ask for peace. We are afraid that we will start something and not be able to finish it, and others will judge us for it, as in the example with the man attempting to build a tower.

Jesus is telling us that if we are not willing to put these things to the side, if we are not willing to give up what we have, then we cannot be His disciples. Because disciples give up everything to follow someone.


The take away is…

The lesson here seems pretty simple to me. When we make the decision to follow Christ, we cannot look back. We cannot sit down and examine what it takes or what we can “lose” by making such a decision. Because the decision is life changing. When we follow Christ, what we “give up” is nothing compared to what we gain.

Remember that post on “counting it all as loss”? Well, we have to count everything we leave behind as loss when we begin our walk with Christ.

What decisions are you facing in your life right now that you’re weighing? What do you weigh, and worry about, leaving behind?


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