34  P E T E C H A R E T T E meant obeying His commands (John 14:15). Obeying the com- mands of Jesus assumes a knowledge of what they are. The maturation process We have already seen that we are saved to be examples of God’s grace and kindness toward us in Christ, and that we are brought together to form the Church to reveal God’s wisdom to all of creation (both the physical and the spiritual realms). That revelation of God’s wisdom is born out in the believer walk- ing “in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). Thus, a disciple is one who is committed to grow in their faith, so that they walk worthy of Jesus Christ. At the beginning of a disciple’s walk with Christ, they usually don’t know what that means or looks like. But with a commitment to grow and mature, they will be able to learn and apply and grow into Christlikeness. Counting the cost One of the issues that you may have to introduce into a disci- ple’s life is the cost of discipleship. Far too often in the American Church, our evangelistic efforts don’t paint a complete picture of life in Christ. Salvation is presented as a “free gift.” And I un- derstand what is being communicated. Salvation is “free” in the sense that it is not deserved or earned. However, people some- times think that “free” means “without cost.” And that is simply not the case with a disciple’s life in Christ. So, after coming to Christ and being told that salvation is free, what reaction should we expect when a new disciple encounters Luke 14:25–33 and finds out there is a cost to our relationship with Christ? The point Jesus is making here is that to be a committed fol- lower of Jesus, He must have first place in the life of the disciple. Familial relationships, and even the disciple’s own life, must not take priority over Jesus. Jesus then gives two short parables to illustrate the point. He gives the example of a king considering