Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. Turning to them, he said, “Whoever comes to me and doesn’t hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters—yes, even one’s own life—cannot be my disciple. Whoever doesn’t carry their own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “If one of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to determine whether you have enough money to complete it? Otherwise, when you have laid the foundation but couldn’t finish the tower, all who see it will begin to belittle you. They will say, ‘Here’s the person who began construction and couldn’t complete it!’ Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand soldiers could go up against the twenty thousand coming against him? And if he didn’t think he could win, he would send a representative to discuss terms of peace while his enemy was still a long way off. In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple. (Luke 14:25-33, CEB)
I think this is interesting because in my years of following God I am sure there was a plan, but I always didn’t know it. And Jesus here is telling the crowds that they need to trust the plan. Because you wouldn’t go to war without figuring out if you can win, and you wouldn’t build a tower unless you knew you could complete it. And Yes I know I can do the things God calls me to even when I wonder how in the world I would ever complete them. But I honestly didn’t know the plan.
We need to let go of everything we know and allow Jesus to guide us as we go. This is unnerving for me and for probably most. Even those of us who do not plan everything like to know at least an outline. But we really don’t get that. That is trust. That is faith.
Step out every day in faith, knowing that Jesus is leading you where you need to go and be and will always be by your side.
Loving People. Loving God.