27 You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with me.
28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won’t you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it?
29 Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you.
30 They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.”
31 What will a king do if he has only ten thousand soldiers to defend himself against a king who is about to attack him with twenty thousand soldiers? Before he goes out to battle, won’t he first sit down and decide if he can win?
32 If he thinks he won’t be able to defend himself, he will send messengers and ask for peace while the other king is still a long way off.
33 So then, you cannot be my disciple unless you give away everything you own.
34 Salt is good, but if it no longer tastes like salt, how can it be made to taste salty again?
Can that be any more clear? According to Jesus, if forced with a choice, we will choose Christ over anything and everything else in life. It is clear that following Christ is going to cost us something. Today, we've made "salvation" as simple as asking someone if they believe that Jesus is the son of God and do they believe he died for their sin. If they answer "yes" we say, "welcome to the family of God!" I submit to you that if believing those two things makes you saved, then Satan himself is saved! It is time we get back to the Bible and tell people that if you want to follow Christ, it is going to cost you something. In fact... Following Christ will cost you everything! Coming back to the way I began this entry... it will cost you friends. We each have to make a choice. Do we want popularity? Do we want to be liked? Or do we want to follow Jesus? That passage of scripture begins by mentioning that large crowds were following Jesus. But when he began to speak of following him costing people something, they began to leave him... in droves. What makes us think it will be any different in our lives?
I hate losing friends. I will miss them. I will continue to pray for them. But I choose Jesus.