For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

Luke 14:28 ESV

Living in America can make us a little too comfortable.

We can pretty much do whatever we want when it comes to religion and don’t face any real danger or persecution.

Jesus’ words don’t mean as much to an American, or any person who has religious freedom, as it would those in countries where Christians are being persecuted for their beliefs.

How many times have you heard a preacher use this verse when giving the gospel presentation at the end of his message? You probably haven’t. Have you ever used it when telling someone about Jesus?

Probably not, because it isn’t a verse often used in the evangelism repertoire. 

Did you count the cost when you decided to follow Jesus?

After reading this, I decided to look at my life and ask myself, What was the cost or is the cost now I pay now for following Jesus?

It can be hard to find one. We have friends and family who are Christians. We have our own Christian rock music and t-shirts. I can join a club at school with people who have the same belief as I do.

I then had to ask myself if I am really living the Christian life Jesus described in this passage.

After all, I tend to find more blessings and very few cost associated with my belief.

Are you living the cost free “Christian” life like I am guilty of at times?

Devotion by Jordan Loftis. Editor of Short Daily Devotions and host of The Bible Better Podcast.