Read Luke 9 today.

This chapter includes the story of some who were willing to claim they would follow Jesus, but they seemed unaware of the cost of doing so. Jesus wanted them to understand the cost of following Him.
This story reminds me of a man I once knew. He understood the gospel. He knew he was a sinner, and that he deserved to experience the consequences of his sinful nature and his sinful choices. He knew Jesus had died in his place, so that he might be forgiven. He knew all he had to do was choose to accept and follow Jesus.
But… He also knew the rest of the story. Following Jesus includes cost. He knew that if he chose to follow Jesus, Jesus would expect him to make some changes in his life. He said no because he could not imagine being able to give up the sex, drugs, and alcohol. While I disagree with his decision, I know it was an honest one. He counted the cost, and made a choice.
Are we this honest? Have we counted the cost of following Jesus? Are we actually following, or do we balk when following requires real changes in our lives?
Luke 9:57-62 NLT
As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” [58] But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” [59] He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” [60] But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” [61] Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” [62] But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”