The Focus of a Follower (why my Bible is wrong)

The title in my Bible above Luke 9:57-62 reads, “The Cost of Following Jesus.”

And fair enough, there are things you’ll want to give up in order to walk closer to him.

It’s like saying to my son,

“If you want the latest phone, you’re going to have to give up that old thing that loses its charge and has a cracked screen. That lovely old familiar phone with which you have created so many memories, connected with so many people. You’re going to have to send it away and never see it again. Son, that’s the cost. Are you sure you want the new phone?”

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