25 Now large crowds were going along with 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 carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,
30 saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
34 Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
35 It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Demands of Discipleship
Is there a difference between a Christian and a disciple?
Some people think of discipleship as being a special class of Christian, such as the super spiritual and the most committed one.
Some people just want to be ordinary Christians will do, thinking that they cannot live up to the demands of discipleship.
Actually, a Christian is a disciple, and a disciple is a Christian.
The minute you become a Christian, you’ve signed up for discipleship.
A disciple is a learner, a follower.
No one can be a Christian unless one becomes a learner and follower, i.e. a disciple of Jesus Christ.
What Christ demands of His disciples is the same demands for all Christians, for all Christians are His disciples.
Salvation is free, but discipleship is costly.
Salvation is free, but Christian life is costly.
If someone sponsored you to go climb Mount Everest, the trip is free but the journey is costly!
Some people say, “I only signed up for salvation, the part about going to heaven and peace and joy. I don’t want the part about demands and requirements of discipleship.”
But that’d be like parents saying, “We just want to have a baby that is cute, pretty and happy. We don’t want the part about the baby growing up, learning to walk, going to school, facing challenges of life.”
All babies are cute, but after ten years if the baby still remains as a baby, then it is not cute anymore.
You don’t want your baby to remain a baby all his life! You want him to grow up, mature, be a useful and productive member of society.
Salvation is spiritual new birth. Jesus wants you to grow up, mature, be a useful and productive servant of the Kingdom of God.
Growing up may be painful, but it is worth it!
No pain, no gain.
Beware of cheap grace teachings, all it does is keeping you a self-centered spiritual baby.
The grace of God is free, but it is costly.
It costs Jesus His life, and it will cost your life too.
Jesus uses two parables to teach us of the cost of discipleship.
Whether building a tower or going to war, you must first count the cost.
Have you counted the cost of following Jesus? The cost is death to self, death to sin, death to worldliness, but what you get is life! Eternal life, abundant life, victorious life, fantastic life!
More importantly, have you counted the cost of NOT following Jesus? The cost is sinful and messy life, bad habits and broken heart, spiritual bondages and eternal death in hell!
What you give is pricey, what you gain is priceless;
What you give is temporal, what you gain is eternal!
The choice is clear; it’s all worth it to follow Jesus AT ANY COST!
I. Worship the Lord at Any Cost (Luke 14:26-27)
Christ demands absolute loyalty and supreme worship of Him.
No one is to come between your love and devotion to Jesus.
No one, not even yourself!
Do you know what is really more important to you? Just look at whatever it is that can stop you from worshipping Jesus.
Just take Sunday Worship as example. If rainy day can stop you from coming to church, then you treasure personal comfort and convenience more than the worship of God.
If friends’ invitation can stop you from coming to church, then you treasure socializing with friends more than fellowshipping with God.
Make a choice today, commit yourself to worship at any cost!
II. Work for the Lord at Any Cost (Luke 14:28-30)
Life is like constructing a tower.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.
14 If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.
15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Only one life So soon it will pass Only what's done for Christ will last
III. War with the Devil at Any Cost (Luke 14:31-32)
We are at war with Satan, at war with sin, at war with sickness and death.
We are called to be soldiers, not diplomats.
There is to be no compromise or negotiation with the devil.
The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, and he shows no mercy.
We shall fight him with our faith and with our prayer;
We shall fight him with our unity and with our testimony;
We shall never surrender and we shall be victorious!
IV. Witness to the Lost at Any Cost (Luke 14:34-35)
We are the salt of the earth.
Salt preserves – our world is corrupted
Salt heals – our world is sick
Salt flavors – our world is meaningless
Salt must be applied and come into contact with the meat.
We are to be separated from sin, but not isolated from sinners.
Luke 14:33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
Let us worship the Lord Jesus Christ, work hard for the Kingdom of God, wage war with the devil, and witness to the lost AT ANY COST!