devotional post #2003
Luk 14:25 Large crowds were going along with Jesus, and once — turning to them he said,
Luk 14:2 “If anyone comes to me and does not detest his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own soul, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come behind me is unable to be my disciple.
Luk 14:28 Because which of you, if you desire to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and calculate the cost to see if he has enough money for its completion?
Luk 14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to show disrespect of him.
Luk 14:30 This is what they will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’
The gospel accounts tell us that Jesus had a tremendous crowd following him, but nobody finished with him. What he did on the cross, he did alone. As today’s text shows, Jesus stopped along the road and challenged his followers to make sure they would be finishers. How do we become finishers? What are the finishing costs?
We have to value our relationship with Christ above all other relationships, even above our family and our own selves.
We have to be willing to sacrifice even our own lives if that is what it takes to finish the course he calls us to.
We have to take inventory of our lives and come to the conclusion that finishing the course will take everything we have, but still be determined to pay those costs.
LORD, we have determined to follow you. Give us the courage to finish the course.