26 You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with me unless you love me more than you love your own life.
27 You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with me.
28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. What is the first thing you will do? Won't you sit down and figure out how much it will cost and if you have enough money to pay for it? 29 Otherwise, you will start building the tower, but not be able to finish. Then everyone who sees what is happening will laugh at you. 30 They will say, “You started building, but could not finish the job.”
31 What will a king do if he has only ten thousand soldiers to defend himself against a king who is about to attack him with twenty thousand soldiers? Before he goes out to battle, won't he first sit down and decide if he can win? 32 If he thinks he won't be able to defend himself, he will send messengers and ask for peace while the other king is still a long way off. 33 So then, you cannot be my disciple unless you give away everything you own.
It needs a lot of courage to follow a different script for one's life performance in the theater of every day life and social interaction than the script prescribed by society and enforced by formal and informal sanctions. One has to be willing to pay the price. Jesus calls us to break away from the wealth and personal comfort focused mindset of the world and follow Him by giving away everything we own to Him and allow Him to decide what to do with it. Not keeping our possessions and maintaining our status and popularity but obediently following Christ is The Way He holds out to us. He reminds us to truly make up our minds if we are really willing to pay the price and go The Way all the way!