Tuesday, June 27

Luke 14:25-35

The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a 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 out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Salt Without Taste Is Worthless

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


Reflection

Today’s verses from Luke 14 are all about commitment—

something I am frankly terrible at. I start projects and get

distracted, plan to learn new skills and get overwhelmed, and

often fall short of my responsibilities. But if is one thing to

commit to, then it is this. We know that the life that Jesus tells

us we should live is quite different from how the rest of the

world tells us to live. If we are convinced that our world would

be infinitely better supposing we were to live this way, and we

get that weird feeling that this is what we were meant to do, then

Jesus asks us to commit fully. This commitment is stronger than

our commitment to our family. We aren’t to literally hate them,

but in comparison to our love for this way of life, it may seem

that way. Jesus asks us to plan ahead here too (something else I

am dreadful at). There is nothing worse than having a halffinished

project laying around as a reminder of how you didn’t

think things through beforehand. He wants us from the very

beginning to decide whether or not we want the rest of our lives

to be centered around these teachings. If not, then we are

probably just wasting our time because there’s no sense in being

lukewarm. This is tough stuff to hear, but if it wasn’t, then it

would be in line with our worldly, shortsighted, and

commitment-fearing minds—the very things we ask God to free

us from.


 

Prayer

God, while I fall short of my commitments on a regular basis, I

want to devote my life to you in a way that I have never done

before. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Tucker Good

Interim Driector of Youth and Family Ministries

tgood@stjohns-springfield.org