Plan to obey God. But, first, be willing to pay the price. That is the message of Jesus in Luke 14:25-33.
Many in the denominational world like to think of God as a benevolent teddy bear who will save almost anyone without demanding anything of them. But from the beginning God has taught that there are obligations which we must obey (Heb. 5:8-9). Even when Jesus walked the earth, He taught the price of salvation required consideration before one became a disciple.
When we say that the slogan for the month is ‘Plan to obey God,’ some people act as if it is self-evident that we will plan to obey God. It is not so easy.
Not everyone can be a disciple — only the obedient. Jesus specifically mentions two costs of discipleship in our text in Luke.
One, we must put Him and His will before anything concerning our families (v. 26). Think seriously about how hard that is for most people.
Two, we must bear the cross (v. 27). People on a cross suffer (1 Pet. 3:19-21). People on a cross die. Paul looked forward to such sacrifices for God his whole Christian life (Phil. 3:8-10).
Jesus said one other thing in this passage that we are compelled to mention. After teaching about the importance of counting the cost in worldly enterprises, He said that this cost must be counted “first” (v. 28, 31).
I pray that you are growing through the use of the Joshua Generation. I hope this month has convinced us of the importance and advantages of making a plan to obey God.