2. Hard choices in following Jesus:
The second parable differs slightly from the first: in the first, the option rests with the builder whether to start a project; in the second, a decision is forced upon the king. Both pictures are important and may well show the slight difference between the parables of 14:28–30 and 14:31–32. The first pictures coming to Jesus; the second deals with following after him. First, consider what discipleship will cost. Second, consider what refusing the “more powerful one” will mean. Can you enter battle against him? In short, consider the cost of entry and the benefits of allying with the one who carries the power.
So consider the cost and have the resolve of a disciple who fully pursues God. Luke’s call is to hear the warning and respond with faithfulness.