16One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.17Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”18And they left their nets at once and followed him.19A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.20He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
25A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,26“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.27And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.28“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?29Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.30They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’31“Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?32And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.33So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.