The Cost of Discipleship
Main Point: Following Christ is a costly commitment.
1. A Price to Pay (25-27)
A true disciple values Christ more than any other relationship in the world.
Application: Is your relationship with Christ a priority over anything else in the world?
2. Count the Cost (28-33):
A lifestyle of discipleship requires we die to ourselves and give to others.
Application: Have you counted the cost to follow Jesus?
> For the non-Christian: Have you surrendered to Christ wholeheartedly and His call to follow him?
> For the Christian: Has your heart wandered from following Christ completely? What have you taken back that once belonged to him?
3. A Problem to Avoid (34-35):
To be useful in the kingdom of Christ, our love for Christ must continue to grow.
Is following Christ worth it?
If you were being honest, how would you answer that question today?.
How can you grow in your love for Christ and others this week?
Who can encourage you in your discipleship with Him?
'The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.’ ~ G. K Chesterton
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)