Bible: Luke 14:25-35

Counting the Cost

14:25 Now large crowds 1  were accompanying Jesus, 2  and turning to them he said, 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate 3  his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 4  he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 5  and follow 6  me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 7  first and compute the cost 8  to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 9  when he has laid 10  a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 11  all who see it 12  will begin to make fun of 13  him. 14:30 They will say, 14 This man 15  began to build and was not able to finish!’ 16  14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 17  first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 18  the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 19  he will send a representative 20  while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 21  14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 22 

14:34Salt 23  is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 24  how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 25  for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 26  The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 27 

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