So this past month our family found a spectacular deal on some tickets to the Seattle Seahawks verses the Kansas City Chiefs preseason football game. These tickets were only $13.00 each and we knew that this was a deal to good to pass up. Well as luck would have it the Chiefs did beat the Hawks by one point and we had a pretty good time together. Then on the way home from the game we hit a deer on Highway 50 resulting in a really long weekend and our van needing $4,000.00 in repairs. So much for cheap football tickets.
As I think about this adventure I am reminded of Jesus explaining to the crowd the need to count the cost before considering themselves followers.
Luke 14:25-35New Living Translation
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”
Being a follower of Jesus often costs us so much more than we ever thought possible. For some of us it means leaving your home country and being a missionary in a foreign land. For others is may mean moving to a new town or even state in order to follow Jesus’ calling. And for others it may mean being a missionary right where you are. But in every case being a follower of Jesus means doing something. We can’t be followers of Jesus without following Jesus. That means living in obedience to him first, his interests, his rules, his directions, his desires and to ours last. It means sacrificing our own wishes in order to fulfill God’s.
Going to that Seahawk football game cost us more than I thought was possible. Who knew that there were still deer running across the road in Kansas? I mean you would think after all these years of deer vs. vehicle accidents that one of us would have learned to watch out for each other. But that time in Kansas City was still worth the cost, accident and all. Now we have memories that will last a lifetime. Memories that we wouldn’t have had sitting at home doing nothing.
So friends, it’s time to do something for the Lord. But remember, being a follower of Jesus comes with a price that you must be willing to pay. If you aren’t willing then you may not be following who you thought you were.