There’s just no way around it—today’s scripture is a hard one. In Luke 14, Jesus says that before we become his disciple we need to count the costs of following him. And the costs he names are . . . well, pretty high. What are we going to do about that? Well, we’ll do some soul-searching, examine our priorities. But I’ll tell you my bottom line: I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. Settle in—we’ll be counting the costs of following Jesus.