Sunday Thoughts 8/16

These posts seem to be getting later and later…

As usual – or what has become usual – we got up early this morning and headed to the park to enjoy some devotional time. Unfortunately, the ducks had already been fed, so it was just us this morning.

This morning, we read:

A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “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. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

“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? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

“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? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 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!” (Luk 14:25-35 NLT)

It is difficult to correctly count the cost sometimes, but I do not think Christ meant that people should give up before starting. Instead, we should know what the journey with Christ might entail. Of course, if we all knew what we would see and suffer, not sure how many people would still attempt to follow; however, the true cost of not following Christ outweighs anything that we suffer by following Him.

We then headed to my niece and nephew’s house, taking the long way around through the State Forest. They are going top spend the afternoon with us. Getting to know them has been such a blessing.

I finally got my technological difficulties somewhat settled. I am still waiting on my old hard drive to have it’s data recovered, but over all, this process has been easy. I was able to purchase a laptop on Friday – not the one the I wanted, but the one I needed. So, this week, I will put it through the ringer, trying to figure out Vista and all the neat new features.

And I hope to finish a few posts which I had hoped to post last week. We’ll see.

Well, here’s to hoping each of you have a great and blessed weak.

Post By Joel Watts (10,085 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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