Read the Gospel according to St. Luke 14:25-33.
It is a great privilege to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ, but it is very costly.
1. To follow Jesus, you must serve Him before all others. This is the cost of service: "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:26)
2. To follow Jesus, you mush subordinate your own interests to the interests of Christ. This is the cost of sacrifice: "Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:27)
3. To follow Jesus, you must be fully in touch with who you are and how Christ has equipped and empowered you to do what He asks. This is the cost of self-assessment: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish'?" (Luke 14:28-30)
4. To follow Jesus, you must think through the issues and have the courage to act in the face of uncertainty. This is the cost of strategy: "Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:31-33)
By: Fr. Mikhail E. Mikhail, D. Min.