This is the audio from the August 4, 2019 sermon, “Count the COST!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Luke 14:25-35
Here are the main points from the sermon:
When it comes to living life and being a disciple of Jesus, He want us to count the . . .
- Luke 14:28-30 — Asking what something will cost before you commit to it is not just a wise action, it is a biblical action. Much of the current debt crisis in America is the result of committing to a course of action without considering what it will actually cost. When you are living as a disciple of Jesus, your cash belongs to Him and He ought to have the only say in how you use it. Living that way will cost you greatly, but He promises to increase what you have in accordance to your faithfulness with the small things He gives you.
- Luke 14:31-32 — Living as a disciple of Jesus will come with its share of opposition. But worse than the opposition of people who reject Christianity is the opposition of God against those who are filled with pride and reject Him. Counting the opposition means that you consider the ridicule of men to be of no regard in your decisions compared to the praise of the Father saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
- Luke 14:33 — There is no greater example of sacrifice than Jesus leaving heaven to live on earth for the purpose of being crucified for my sins. Being a disciple of Jesus means that I will not only learn from Him, but I will learn to be like Him. By His own words, doing so will require that I unconditionally surrender all of me to Him and live a life that shows His sacrifice to the world. This isn’t a matter of choosing what I’m willing to give up and then calling it a sacrifice for doing so. No, this is a full surrender so that my life becomes a living sacrifice devoted fully to Him.
- Luke 14:34-35 — Most of us are pretty good at surrounding ourselves with the things and people that we know we can put our trust in. As Jesus calls us to give up everything to become the salt of the earth, often time the things we trust the most will have to be put aside so that we can learn complete trust in Him. He is the master at using the most unlikely people to do things they are unequipped for in order to bring praise and glory to Him rather than to mankind.
Counting the COST isn’t really the end to anything, rather it is the beginning point of a decision each of us must make — Is it worth it, and am I willing to pay everything I have in order to become a child of God? I pray that the answer to those questions is a resounding, “Absolutely Yes!”