The Cost Of Discipleship
In the fall of every year there was held at
Jerusalem. "The Feast of Tabernacles." It was kept to remind
the people of the time when the Israelites came out of
Egypt and lived for forty years in the wilderness, more than a thousand years before the
day when Jesus was on the earth. At this feast the people from all parts of the land came up to
Jerusalem, and worshipped in the Temple. And as the Israelites had lived in tents in the wilderness, the people during the feast did not sleep
indoors, but made arbors and huts from green boughs on the roofs of the houses,
and on the hills around the city, and slept in them at night.
Jesus and his disciples went from Galilee to Jerusalem to attend this feast. Just as
Jesus was leaving, a man who had heard Jesus said to him, "Master, I will follow thee wherever
you go. And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has not a place where
he can lay his head."
There was another man to whom Jesus had said, "Follow me, This man said, "Lord, let me go and bury my father, who is
very old and must die very soon, and then I will follow thee."
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but you go and preach the kingdom of God."
And another said, "Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go home and say 'good-bye' to those who are in my house."
Jesus said to him, "No man who has put his hand to the plow and looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
And there went with Jesus great multitudes of people; and he turned, and said to them:
"If any man comes after me, he must love me more than he loves his own father, and his mother, and wife and children, yes, and his own life also; or else he cannot be my disciple.
"For who of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he will be able to finish? For if after he has laid the foundation, and then leaves it unfinished, every one who passes by will
laugh at him, and say, 'This man began to build, and was not able to finish.'
"Or what king going out to meet another king in war, will not sit down first, and find whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if he finds that he cannot meet him, while he is yet a great way off, he sends his messengers and asks for peace.
"Even so, every one of you must give up all that he has, if he would be my