The world is inundated with the notion of making life count and leaving a legacy. Society, then, does all it can to be remembered. To do something that “matters.” But Jesus’s words in Luke 14 serve to remind us that the cost of discipleship is always worth it. That a life lived for Jesus is never a waste.
We often misunderstand the concept of faith, which breeds all manner of harebrained schemes to define faith on new grounds. We’ve trained ourselves to stand in wonder at the heroic, patriarchal faith of the most prominent biblical figures and see their success as God blessing their faithfulness. This has become the bar for “victorious Christian living.” But I’d say that nothing could be further from the truth.