The article I was working on for today is not finished and is taking too long, so I am posting this poem from my mom’s collection. :-)
You say it will cost much to follow,
But what will it cost to refuse?
You may gain the world and its glories,
But what if your soul you thus lose?
You say He may call you to follow,
Leaving all that to you is so dear;
Yea, even to give your own life blood
That souls still in darkness may hear.
If you would thus follow the Master,
On the altar all things must be laid;
He gave His own life as a ransom,
His blood your redemption has paid.
Be sure you count the cost rightly,
Putting value where value should be;
If you put Jesus first and His glory
All things will be added to thee.
by Flora Osgood
Luke 14:27-33 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.