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Do you have a “normal” morning routine?

I do.

I get the kids up, brush their teeth, get them dressed, and feed them breakfast. Then I go shower and get myself ready.

Today was a day like any other…or so I thought.

As I started to wash my hair in the shower I thought, “Hmmm…this doesn’t seem like our usual shampoo.” Turns out – it wasn’t. It wasn’t shampoo at all. You see – our shower products are ALWAYS in the same location. I didn’t realize that my wife had moved some things around yesterday. Thanks to muscle memory, I automatically went to the bottle that was SUPPOSED to be shampoo. I didn’t even stop to think about it.

I was reminded of one time when Jesus was talking about being a disciple.

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, β€˜This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? (Luke 14:27-31)

In other words, Jesus is saying, “Look before you leap!”

Being an authentic follower of Jesus is going to cost us something. Perhaps not now, but somewhere along the way it will. So he tells us to count the cost. Think about what we’re doing. Don’t do anything mindlessly.

The stats of how many people in America consider themselves “Christian” is astounding. Clearly people don’t understand what they’re saying. Following Jesus is not going to be a cushy road, and it gets continually harder as the Western world turns away from Christendom and turns towards a humanistic secularism. We will have to count the cost like we’ve never had to before.

Let us not be mindless about our faith. We’re not here because it’s the “good thing to do” – we’re here to follow Jesus.

Follow him. Count the cost

‘Cause that ain’t shampoo you’re holding….