Day 207 – July 26, 2021
Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 12-13, Luke 14
1 Chronicles 13:12–14
12David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?”
13He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
14The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even life itself—such a person cannot be my disciple.
27And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
When reflecting on Uzzah, the mistake was in the cart. There was a specific way in which the Ark of the Covenant was to be carried. It was done in such a way, with poles that kept it from toppling over. This method was neglected, and they went with a cart.
The mistake was in the cart.
When reflecting on discipleship, Jesus wants for the disciples to count the cost. Know that their devotion to Christ, is going to be filled with difficulty. He doesn’t want them to faulter.
Those bringing the Ark back to David, decided that convenience was the best way to follow God. Convenience proved even more costly.
Following Jesus is costly, not convenient. As much as we would like it to be, it just isn’t. We could find ourselves separated from family and friends. We will have to love God over everything else.
Count the cost and follow Christ!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.