A familiar question as we sit down at a restaurant to eat, or go shopping at Walmart: How much does it cost?
Have we ever considered the cost of discipleship? This Sunday Jesus tells us that we are a fool if we do not first sit down and consider the cost. But what does this mean? Does it mean that to follow Jesus costs money, so that only the rich may be disciples? No. All of us has a price to pay to be a disciple of Christ. This may mean that we need to give something up, like fasting or almsgiving. We are so burdened down by all our material possessions. Maybe we need to take on extra; prayers, bible studies, etc.
The point. You cannot purchase heaven. However, you can "purchase" happiness here on earth. If you put Christ before all, thats right, even your precious Television, happiness will follow. If we put all before Christ, when that is gone, so will your happiness.