Discipling ourselves to Jesus is an all-of-life, sum-total experience. There is no “Jesus and…” version of the Gospel. “Jesus and my political preferences.” “Jesus plus good works.” “Jesus and health, wealth, and all my favorite things.” There is only Jesus. And, as he tells us here, looking either to the right or the left, even for a moment, gets us off-track. There is a cost to discipleship. And the cost is anything that might distract us from him. Are we willing to let those things go and follow only him?