count the cost, following Christ, Jesus said count the cost
The Hungarians call European no frill airlines fopados (fo-paw-dosh) which means “wooden bench.” 

Unfortunately, even full service airlines have reduced their free services in the last few years.  Seven years ago, when living in Hungary, we were allowed two 70-pound suitcases per person on international flights. Now we’re allowed one 50-pounder. 

So we pack very carefully to avoid a costly overcharge. We “count the cost.”

In Luke 14:28-33, Jesus warns seekers to count the cost before following Him (Luke 14:28-33). And he concludes by saying, “those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (14:33,NIV)

Jesus gives us redemption, renewal and eternal life, but He asks for our lives in return. We come out way ahead, but we still must count the cost before making the commitment.

And sometimes those of us who've already followed need to ask if we’re living up to our end of the bargain. Does Christ have the throne in our lives or only a wooden bench? 
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  1. what a timely reminder to give Him the throne, my best and my all.

    ps love the photo--you travel much like i do, with all my books and paraphernalia scattered about me. :)

    1. Yes, nic, for those long flights I always have a bag of books and journals to keep me busy, and it's a good time to study the Bible. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Great reminder that following Jesus is costly but oh so worth it. :)

  3. What great metaphorical thoughts on 'counting the cost.'


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