THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP

Lk. 14:25-35

Today, if a preacher can get a large crowd together he is labeled as an instant success.

Some use movies, clowns, puppets and other forms of entertainment to build their large congregations.

However, we find that our Lord was not after superficial disciples.  Having a crowd never spelled success to Him.  In fact, many dropped by the wayside after He informed them of the cost involved in following Him (v. 26).

There is a cost involved in being a disciple of Christ.

I. TO BE A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST WE MUST BE WILLING TO GIVE UP THAT WHICH IS VERY DEAR TO US

A. We must love Christ more than we love our RELATIVES (v. 26).

1. A true disciple loves Christ more than father, and mother, and wife, and children, etc.

2. The word “hate” here simply means to love less.

- To be a disciple of Christ, we must love our relatives less than Christ.

3. When our duty to our relatives comes in competition with our duty to Christ, we must give Christ the preference.

B. We must love Christ even more than we love OURSELVES (v. 26b).

1. In order to be a disciple of Christ, we must love Him more than we love our own life.

- We must seek to please Christ over self.

2. All who follow Christ must die to self.  (v. 27)

The Lord declared that in order to be His disciple, a person must “bear his cross and come after Me.”

a. Cross bearing means death to self.

b. The disciple must take up his cross daily…Lk. 9:23.

c. He must die to all desires and preferences outside of the will of God.

d. He must die to a self-directed life.

e. He must yield to and follow Christ Who owns him and lives in his heart. I Cor. 6:19-20.

- REMEMBER – You are not a disciple of Christ if you are not following Him!

II. WE MUST COUNT THE COST IN ORDER TO PERSEVERE

We, like the children of Israel, must consider what it will cost to serve the Lord (Josh. 24:19-24).

It is better never to serve Christ than to start and then turn back (v. 20).

A. We must consider the EXPENSE involved in serving the Lord

 (Lk. 14:28-30).

1. It will cost us our lusts and sins…we must mortify sin.

2. It will cost self-denial and watchfulness.

3. It will require constant service for the Lord.

4. It might cost our reputation, our liberties and all that is dear to us in this world.

5. It might even cost us our lives.

a. But what is this in comparison to what it cost Christ to purchase us, and to the bountiful blessing of eternal life.

b. When we are willing to humble ourselves before our Lord, He will give us grace sufficient for the need.

B. We must consider the HAZARDS involved in serving the Lord.
Lk. 14:31-32.

1. The Christian life is warfare (Eph. 6:10-18).

2. We must be willing to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

3. We must be willing to stand against the forces of hell and of this world system.

C. We can win the battle by COMPLETE SURRENDER to Christ, Who is the Sovereign Lord over all (v.33).

- This is the only way to become the Lord’s disciple.

III. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP IS GREAT, BUT THE COST OF APOSTASY IS GREATER

A. Those who turn back from following Christ are worthless
(vv. 34-35).

B. People who choose to be worthless are condemned to being miserable.

1. We have an example of this in Judas Iscariot who was a false disciple, who betrayed the Lord and ended up in hell.

2. What will success and pleasure in this world mean one minute after death?

Are you following Christ with the desire to obey Him no matter what the cost?