Today’s story is about counting the cost of becoming a disciple of Jesus. One day, Jesus decided to tell all the people that were following him, what it would cost to be his disciples. He started by saying this. If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brother and sister, yes. Even their own life, such a person cannot be my disciple and whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. And later he says, in the same way, those of you who do not give up everything that you have can not be my disciples. These seem like some pretty hard and pretty radical statements, but does this mean Jesus really wants us to hate our friends, family, and even our own lives. How about when he says we have to give up everything? What does that mean? And he mentions having a cross. What is Jesus talking about? Well, we’re going to come back to that, but in between these two statements, Jesus tells two stories. In the first story he says, if someone wanted to build a tower, what did he figure out? How much it was going to cost before he started? Wouldn’t he find out if he had enough money to finish it? If he didn’t, he may start building and run out of money on the way. And everyone would make fun of him for starting what he couldn’t finish. And the next story he said, or if there was a King with 10,000 soldiers going to war against another kingdom with 20,000 soldiers, wouldn’t he find out if it was possible to win the war with these 10,000 then?