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?
Luke 14:28

Reading: Joshua 24:14-25; Matthew 10: 37; Hebrews 6:1-12

Many folk had been following Jesus for some time. Their numbers varied - some days more, some days fewer. Most of them followed in tune with the weather. Jesus began to want more than just the casual, sunny day disciple.

In every organisation that does not require formal membership there comes a day when a separation has to be made between those who are spectators and those who are players. Christianity is no different. Yes, we are all children of the King. However, some children are along for the ride and only a few are on the journey because they see more than the multiplication of bread and the healing of the sick. They understand that there is a heart commitment that has to be made, an unshakeable loyalty that has to be given, if they are going to enter the holy of holies. 

Matthew’s version of this teaching at 10:37 is more direct: Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 

Yes, the time of counting the cost will inevitably arise in every Christian’s life. There will come a time when you will be faced with a decision – to go on in obedience and loyalty to Christ, or to turn back. Counting the cost always leads to a decision of retraction or deeper commitment.

Participant or spectator? Which is it to be? 


Father, I choose to be a participant, regardless of the cost. 

For the family

Discuss the study in an age-appropriate way. Do you have a chore list for your children and are they willing to participate. Spectator or team player, which are they?