Jesus tells us in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” That sounds wonderful! We love puppies, we love pizza, and we love sunsets. But many times to love means to sacrifice. Becoming a disciple of Christ doesn’t mean that things always go the way we want them to. As disciples, sometimes we have to pick up our own crosses. In our Old Testament lesson (Deuteronomy 3:15-20) the men battle as they enter the Promised Land. As Paul writes his epistle to Philemon, his allegiance to the Gospel has put him under house arrest. And in our Gospel lesson from Luke 14:25-35, Jesus talks directly about the cost of discipleship. As a disciple of Christ, yes we have received salvation through His death and resurrection, but we also travel the path that has been laid out for us, in good times and in challenging times.