“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” ~Jesus (Luke 14:27)
When talking about discipleship, Jesus does not mince words. It is hard and costs everything. The weight of the decision to follow Jesus should not be taken lightly. In fact, he even challenges us to think through it before jumping on the disciple-of-Jesus wagon.
Jesus likens the decision to follow him to weighing the cost of building a tower or the plans made before entering battle. Both are costly and hard work. Both require an understanding of the commitment about to be made. To bear the cross of discipleship will cost us everything, in order that we might gain everything.