D I S C I P L E S H I P  35 battle, and a man considering building a tower. Jesus concludes the teaching in verse 33 by calling for a renunciation of all that we have. He is not commanding that we sell all we have and live as paupers or beggars. Again, the principle is priority. Jesus is calling to have first place in the lives of His disciples. The cost of discipleship must be considered when the gospel is presented. The decision to fully commit to Jesus will be a costly one for a disciple. Far too often, we appeal only to the emotional side of people when we evangelize, laying out the benefits. The results of this are disciples who are unfamiliar with what it means to be a true, committed disciple of Christ. What does that mean for the maturation process and for the discipler? It means that often you will have the unenviable task of illuminating the disciple on the true cost of discipleship. In dealing with the expected challenges of reactions to this vital and foundational concept, weekly meetings with the disciple will help smooth the path, manage those reactions, and direct the dis- ciple toward an intentional approach toward their own matura- tion. Commitments a disciple must be willing to make include: ● Allegiance to Jesus must be greater than one’s allegiance even to family relationships. ● Allegiance to Jesus must be greater than even one’s alle- giance to one’s own life. ● Allegiance to Jesus must be greater than one’s allegiance to material things. ● Allegiance to Jesus comes with a commitment to bear one’s cross daily (Luke 9:23). Be aware that while a disciple is, in part, defined by these commitments, that doesn’t mean that these commitments will be fully realized early in the maturation process. There will be stumbles, struggles, and falls. These need to be addressed with grace and kindness. But a commitment to an allegiance to Jesus, His teachings, and the growth process is what marks a disciple of