The joy of being a disciple of Jesus comes at a cost. This should not surprise us, because the ‘price’ of our salvation was paid by His blood, that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. In today’s gospel (Lk. 14:25-33), Jesus highlights three costs that we should observe: 1. Jesus must be our priority, placed above all other relationships in our lives (Lk. 14:26). We cherish the gifts of our family, friends and colleagues, but Jesus has to take first place in all our choices. 2. Every disciple is expected to carry the cross (Lk. 14:27). The cross comes with the two ‘beams’ of self-sacrifice and acceptance of our Father’s will. A positive attitude to the cross is the secret to true joy. 3. Detachment is to be practiced in our lives (Lk. 14:33). We are given the good things we need in life. But our appreciation of things, people, status and emotions should only serve to propel us closer to our God. Lord Jesus, help me to follow you without counting the cost, so that I may enjoy Your company in this life, and look forward to spending eternity with you in the life that is to come. Amen.