April 24 - Count the Cost

By Don Bailey

Today's Scripture: Luke 22:31-34

Central Thought: We need to realize that we need God's strength to serve Him properly.

    How hard is it to keep a commitment? Some commitments are easier to keep than others are. When we make a commitment, it may seem as if it will be easy to keep—until we begin to understand what is involved in that commitment. For example, a commitment to teach fifth-grade boys in Sunday school may sound easier than actually teaching the class.

    In today's reading Jesus warned Peter of Satan's desire to 'sift him as wheat.” Peter, believing his commitment to Christ was rock steady, attempted to assure Jesus that he was prepared to go to prison or even die for the Lord. Yet, Jesus knew Peter's commitment would not be strong enough to face the angry mob determined to crucify the Lord.

    How will we respond when our commitment to Christ is challenged? Though we may not face life or death decisions regarding Christ, we may need to decide whether commitment to Christ is more important than lying to gain advancement at work or compromising to gain acceptance. With Christ's help, we can count the costs of discipleship and live up to our commitments.

Devotional Prayer: Give me Your strength, Lord, to stand the times of test.

Bible Reading: Judges 2:10-3:31; Luke 22:14-34; Psalm 92:1-93:5; Proverbs 14:1-2