by Norman P. Grubb
The Cost of Being a Disciple
25Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26″If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. 27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28″Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31″Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
By these we are loosed from our over— attachment to even what are the “good” things of life: family bonds, earthly possessions, over concern for our own security or physical wellbeing.
“If any man hate not father, mother, wife, children0 brothers, sister, yea and his own life also he cannot be my disci¬ple.” And, Jesus says, there is a sitting down and counting the cost of this by which we become, not just saved, but co—saviours with Him – 1 Corinthians 9:22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
The Spirit will make apostles of just those who take the full posi¬tion of faith that He is doing it, which will be in various forms the fulfillment of Paul’s description of an apostle in 1 Corinthians 4:9—13 and 2 Corinthians 6: 8—10.
1 Corinthians 4:9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honoured, we are dishonoured!
11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
Simple As This by Norman Grubb