Cost of Discipleship

Posted: June 15, 2015 in TLCC
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You know we call ourselves “Christians”, we are called in (fellowship) to go out (evangelism). We are called in this church together. We are called to followers of Christ.

It’s sad when…
(a) People quit going to church because they don’t like the pastor preaching (he preaches long sermons/his introduction took so much time)
(b) or the band sucks (you only play hymnals/ your drums are too loud)
(c) someone feels ignored/slighted
(d) someone leaves because someone isn’t wearing the proper attire, or didn’t say the right words…

And then we call ourselves followers of Christ?

(Read Luke 14:25-35)

If Jesus was around today, What would his church look like? His style of preaching drives people away. Imagine his preaching, he tells a story about a farmer (Luke 8) who sows his seeds where some seeds fell on the road in which the birds came to eat the seeds, and then some fell into the rocks and the seeds grew until the sun scrorched them, and some fell into the thorns where they choked and some fell into the good soil, where they multiplied. Then after telling the story, he ends with “he who has an ear, let him hear” then walks away.

No explanation. No discussion. He simply left.

He explained to his disciples, but not to the crowd. Imagine that kind of church. I think a lot of us would leave that kind of preaching.

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Then a few chapters later, we have another crowd following him (Luke 14) and then he preaches on the cost of following him.

#1 Love God more than anyone else.

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.

(Kindly check the link on this blog post for a detailed explanation on this point. See Point #2: God requires what we value the most)

#2 Bear your own cross (14:27)

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

We all would have crosses to bear when we follow Christ. No one is exempted. If we don’t like discomforts, persecutions, or any kind of cross to bear, then we might as well quit following now.

#3 Tower – Count the cost, it’s going to be costly (14:28-30)

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.’

Jesus was saying, if you really wanna follow, think about how much it is going to cost you! It is not possible to follow and then quit midway. Think about it. It is going to cost you everything! Unless you’re ready to give everything up, don’t pretend to follow.

#4 War – We are in a war, it’s either we are friends with the world or we are enemies of it (14:32-33)

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.

We are at war with the world. If we don’t want to wage war with the world, then make peace with it. It’s either join Jesus or be part of the world. You can’t have both. You would have to choose which side of the war would you be on.

#5 Flavorless Salt – What use are you in this church? (14:34-35)

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.”

(Kindly check the link on this blog post for a detailed explanation on this point.)

So here’s the point. Following Jesus is costly. Think about what you are saying before you proclaim you are a Christian. It’s either Jesus is your Lord, or He is not Lord at all. It’s an all or nothing approach.

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