S (Scripture): Luke 14:27 [Jesus speaks to the crowds]: “Whoever doesn’t carry their own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “If one of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to determine whether you have enough money to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when you have laid the foundation but couldn’t finish the tower, all who see it will begin to belittle you. 30 They will say, ‘Here’s the person who began construction and couldn’t complete it!’”
O (Observation): Jesus doesn’t cut corners. It’s all or nothing with Jesus. Total devotion. He wanted to make sure folks knew what they were getting into here with this whole discipleship thing.
A (Application): I finished watching The Young Pope on HBO. At one point the new pope says he wants “raving fanatics for Jesus”! Total devotion.
So simple, yet such a challenge. To renounce all worldly goods: money, stuff, power, authority. To give these vain things away in favor of following Jesus.
Simple, yet hard.
P (Prayer): Lord, give us the faith to give our all to follow You! Amen.