“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

- Luke 14:34-35

In Luke 14, Jesus spells out the requirements of being a disciple and a follower of Christ. He outlines in no uncertain terms the cost of carrying the cross. It requires choosing Christ above all those we love, and to fully commit ourselves to our faith. Jesus uses the examples of how one would not build a house without ensuring there are adequate resources to finish the project. In the same way, he relates to how a king would not go to war without knowing if he should fight with the army he has, or to negotiate peace.

In the same way, the way we approach our faith requires our awareness as to how much we are willing to commit to this relationship. Being a Christian is not just a title. Being a Christian is spending time devoting our lives in cultivating our relationship with Christ, serving God's purpose, and worshiping God in all that we do. There is a cost, and are we willing to take up this cost?

If we are not, then we are like salt that has no saltiness. Our faith would be meaningless and worthless. Being a Christian is not an empty promise. It requires dedication to choose Christ, above all, and with all.

Reflection: In your life, how can you do better in choosing God above others? What does the 'cost' of being a Christian mean to you and how can you plan for this 'cost'? How can you ensure that your faith is of substance?


Thank you, Karyn Lau, for this devotional article on Christian Calm Radio. Listen to inspiring Christian worship music, Christian instrumental music, Christian choirs and hymns, Old and New Testament Bible audiobooks.