The Cost of Discipleship
25 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 " If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters , yes , and even his own life , he cannot e be My disciple . 27 "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot e be My disciple . 28 "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower , does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 "Otherwise e , when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish , all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying , 'This man began to build and was not able to finish .' 31 "Or what king , when he sets out to meet another king in battle , will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand ? 32 "Or else , while the other is still far away , he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace . 33 "So then , none e of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions .
34 "Therefore , salt is good ; but if even salt has become tasteless , with what will it be seasoned ? 35 "It is useless e either for the soil or for the manure pile ; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear , let him hear ."