Parson to People

COUNTING THE COST

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?”

It was a parable delivered about building renovations, but Jesus was really speaking about the cost of Discipleship. Discipleship is not an easy thing in today’s world. There are followers and there are disciples but there is a world of difference. Some followers are content to hang-out on the fringes of religious life appearing to be in but in reality more out. Some are dabbling with the idea of following, or flirting with the system of being religious. So when we count the cost of being a true follower of the Christ we begin to think what it means to fall in love with Christ and making a commitment of putting His life and His will to the front of what you do and who you are. Being a disciple is not something we do for a season or for a term as an elder, it is a life-long commitment that asks us to be available in the bad times as well as the good times. Being a disciple is not serving Christ occasionally, but every day, especially throughout the 6 days of the week. The stripping query asked of the Christian is, "Why didn't you count the cost before you began, to see if you had enough in you to stay with me?" I counted the cost and found that the times are hard to always be on the front lines of Christianity because not everyone loves me, if I follow Jesus. And sometimes on the front lines we find that people are not always honest with their feelings but say what they think we want to hear rather than the truth. I count the cost and know that Christ is counting on me every day. What a witness we are given to make, if we are His disciples.

Don,

The Country parson