The Cost of Being a Disciple
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
September 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 14:25-33
Being Able To Finish

Luke 14:25-33  New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned and spoke to them. He said, 26 “Anyone who comes to me must hate their father and mother. They must hate their wife and children. They must hate their brothers and sisters. And they must hate even their own life. Unless they do this, they can’t be my disciple. 27 Whoever doesn’t carry their cross and follow me can’t be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you sit down first and figure out how much it will cost? Then you will see whether you have enough money to finish it. 29 Suppose you start building and are not able to finish. Then everyone who sees what you have done will laugh at you. 30 They will say, ‘This person started to build but wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. And suppose he has 10,000 men, while the other has 20,000 coming against him. Won’t he first sit down and think about whether he can win? 32 And suppose he decides he can’t win. Then he will send some men to ask how peace can be made. He will do this while the other king is still far away. 33 In the same way, you must give up everything you have. Those of you who don’t cannot be my disciple.


Pastor's Summary of Luke 14:25-33

In vv. 13-24, Jesus has told the " crowds" that even outsiders, the poor and the disabled are called to God's kingdom.  Now he tells what is required to become a follower.  The word "hate" (v. 26) is surprising, until we recall that exaggeration was a common linguistic trait in Hebrew, as Jesus does here: "hate means love less, be less attached to. The disciples must find his prime security in Jesus, not in his or her family, nor in preserving one's "life". One must be prepared to suffer, as Jesus did on the "cross" (v. 27). In vv. 28-32, Jesus uses two examples to advise full realization of the cost of being a follower, before enlisting. You must be so dedicated to the cause that you are willing to forfeit all that you have.  Then vv. 34-35: don't allow your allegiance to Christ to deteriorate and so become ineffectual. If you do, God will throw you away as useless!  If you are prepared for the challenge, grasp it!