Your probably wondering what CBA means: well, it stands for cost-benefit analysis. It is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a project, decision or government policy. I learned about this briefly, just last week, while discussing some potential changes to a heating system. Simply put, it seeks to provide information so one can determine if going in a certain direction is worth it.
When it comes to being a disciple of Christ, there are no hidden clauses which one comes to learn about after the fact. Jesus is up-front with everyone who wishes to follow Him. In last week’s lesson, we considered briefly two expectations of Jesus concerning those who would seek to be a disciple of His; they were, to love Him more than anyone, including self, and be willing to bear a cross for Him daily. Jesus does not want anyone entering into a relationship with Him being unaware.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.
Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost
to see if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28
Right after sharing these expectations, Jesus gives two examples of someone doing a CBA: The man building a tower and a king who is about to go to war. Both seek to determine whether or not they are able to move forward and benefit from it. The application is simple and revealed in Jesus’s words, “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)
Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness,
how can it be made salty again?
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile;
it is thrown out. Luke 14:34
Good salt represents those who have done a CBA when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. They enter informed about the cost and benefit of being a Christian. They enter into a relationship with Jesus because they are convinced that the benefits of being His disciple far out way the cost. The cost of being His disciple is minuscule compared to the cost of denying Him. Jesus said it this way, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:25) “He who as ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:35)