The Conditions and Cost of Discipleship
Interwoven Gospels

Now great multitudes were accompanying Jesus; and turning, He said to them, "If any one cometh to Me and hateth not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wishing to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he hath enough to finish it? Lest perhaps, having laid its foundation, and not being able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish." Or what king, going forth to engage in war with another king, will not first sit down and take counsel, whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who cometh against him with twenty thousand. And if not, while he is yet far away, he sendeth an embassy and asketh the conditions of peace.

"So, therefore, whoever of you doth not forsake all that he hath, cannot be My disciple. Salt is good; but even if the salt hath become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned? It is fit neither for earth nor for manure: they cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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