Counting the Cost Luke 14:25-35

This passage is about what it takes to follow Jesus. This parable of building a tower can be applied to many things in life. Do we consider the cost of putting work before our family? Do we count the cost of taking that next drink? Do we really think of the cost something before we do it? I talk to way to many people who’s lives have been broken by acting without counting the cost.

But Jesus gave this parable to talk about being a disciple, being a Jesus follower, being a Christian, or what ever term you want to use. Jesus is letting us know that there are followers and then there are followers. Are we willing to pay the cost to follow Jesus?

One of the problems with the church in the United States is that there is no cost to following Jesus. We say we believe and come to church and nothing really changes. Our Job, our friends, our recreation, our values, our families, the cost to the way we live is comparatively nothing. For many the greatest sacrifice they make is to get up on Sunday Morning and come to church, if they even bother to do that.

Look at verse 26 and 33. “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.” So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

In much of the world to be known as a Christian it will cost you your family, it will cost you your job, it may mean that you are beaten while walking through town, it may even cost you your life.

This passage got me asking what has being a Christian cost me? What price have I paid to follow Jesus? And if there is no price am I really a follower or just pretending?

In verse 27 Jesus says; “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” What does He mean, “your cross”

What will you give to follow Jesus? If you are gay or you’re a heterosexual who is having sex outside of marriage will you sacrifice your sexuality to follow Jesus? If you have influence and power will you lay them down to follow Jesus? If you have homes, money, cars, finical security will you risk them to follow Jesus? Will you risk being mistreated, spoken ill of, abused, taken advantage of for Jesus? Is there a cost we are not paying?

In Matthew 7 Jesus says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.   On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’   And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

What is Jesus saying? He is saying if you only are trying to pay some of the cost and not all of the cost to follow me it will do you no good. To get to heaven on the Jesus train we have to pay the whole fair, there are no discount tickets to heaven.

In Luke 9:59-62 Jesus says; “To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”   And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”   Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”   Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

So I have been asking my self what have I given up for Jesus? Is there something I have been holding back? In a few minutes we will take communion reminding us that our salvation cost Jesus everything. Jesus gave everything so we could follow Him. What will we give to follow Jesus? Before you take communion today consider the cost of what your doing. Is there a price you have not paid, something you have held back? Ask our Father in Heaven to show you if there is a cost your not paying and what ever the Holy Spirit reveals to you make a commitment to pay that cost from this day forward.

Today let us count the cost.