God’s grace is free, but it isn’t cheap. It costs us everything we have.
Jesus seeks followers who have counted the cost of salvation. Luke 14:28-33 provides a pair of parables that make this truth clear.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.”
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
Every Christian should consider the cost of saying “yes” to Jesus, as well as the cost of saying “no.” That is the point of these back-to-back parables.
We will consider this more fully on Sunday as we continue the teaching series, “What if Jesus actually meant the things he said?”