The Cost Of Discipleship

Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”


The parable of the man building a tower is a continuation of the teaching regarding what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus. This parable stresses commitment. “Jailhouse religion,” where a person is only sorry he got caught and is trying to get out of a bad situation, will not produce true discipleship. It takes a forsaking of all to be Jesus’ disciple. Jesus is simply saying, “count the cost.”

Jesus’ teaching on discipleship emphasizes commitment. Just as a king wouldn’t engage in war without thoroughly considering all the possible outcomes, so no one should attempt to become a disciple of Jesus without counting the cost. It would be better not to start following Jesus than to start and then turn back.

When a person first comes to Jesus, it is impossible to know everything that following Jesus might entail. No one, however, should be fearful of making a total commitment because of some imagined problem that may never come to pass. There should be a willingness to forsake everything to follow Jesus.

Once we make that decision, then Christ begins to live through us (Galatians 2:20) and we find a strength that is not our own, equal to whatever test we may encounter.

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2 comments on “The Cost Of Discipleship

  1. Isn’t it reassuring that we journey not alone? Tough times will come for sure but His promise to us is that ‘He will never leave or forsake us’. Knowing that we have almighty God on our side makes every trial almost pale into insignificance with hind sight. How (through our human weakness) we fret when we’re going through them though! But as we mature as believers we learn to trust that He is there despite the magnitude of the trial that we’re currently facing.

    Oh what a Saviour! All glory to Him forever and ever!

  2. It is certainly reassuring brother Steve that Jesus walks with us and gives us the Holy Ghost to guide us… PTL! We must learn trust, confidence, and peace through prayer, God’s Word, and our fellowship with Christ in the trials and test of life… I am still “Learning to lean” on Jesus…

    Truly – WHAT A SAVIOUR! Glory to God!

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