This past week we were joined by Miguel Chavis to discuss the costs of coming to Jesus. In order to understand this topic more, we looked at Luke 14:25-33. In this passage we learn 4 things on the cost of coming to Jesus.
1. You have to hate your own family
Luke 14:25-26 states, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”
This doesn’t mean that you literally have to hate you family, but what Jesus means is that you must love him so much more that it looks like you hate him in comparison. Jesus doesn’t ask you to love your families less in order to show that you love him more. In fact, Jesus wants you to love your family as much as humanly possibly. However, if it comes down to choosing between your family and him, you should always choose Jesus because he is worthy of your love. This just states that some relationships are thicker than blood and are worth more than just genetics.
2. You have to pick up your cross if you want to come to Jesus
Luke 14:27 states, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Jesus asks us to give up our own interdependence and asks us to lean on him. There is no way that we can reach him without carrying the cross and so each day we must pick up the cross and go on the journey that Jesus has planned for us. Miguel asked us how are we doing with picking up our cross. He stated that if the christian walk doesn’t look like carrying the cross everyday then we are not a true reflection of what Christ looks like. We are most like Jesus when our loss is someone else’s gain than when we are going through life doing our own thing.
3. You have to count the costs of following Jesus
Luke 14:28-32 states, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish. “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.”
In this passage, we see Jesus telling us to count the costs of following him. In today’s world it is so easy to make a quick, emotional decision based on our current situation, and we fail to count the costs of this decision. Jesus says that we need to look at the cost of following before we jump in head first. We must first understand if what we are giving up looks like losing free time to hang out with friends to worship him, moving across the world to do mission work, or even losing family members because they don’t understand our relationship with Jesus. These are just a few examples that Jesus asks for us to look at before deciding to follow him because everyone else around us is doing it.
4. You must be willing to give up everything
Luke 14:33 states, “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
It is so much easier to give up our time every once in a while, but it is much harder when God calls us to sell all of our possessions and go do his work. It is more difficult to give up your entire life and your spirit to follow Jesus and know you are doing everything for him rather than your own benefit. When you give up everything, it doesn’t mean that you can pick and choose what is convenient to give up, but rather you must give up your desires in order to claim Jesus as your savior.
So at the end of this we must ask, “Is Jesus worth it?” Is he worth giving up our time or our family or our dream job or our desires? The bible tells us that Jesus is worth of these costs and we can see that we get these things when we follow Jesus.
You get God (John 1:4)
You get to experience true love (1 John 4:19)
You get a best friend (John 15:13)
You get forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
You get a new identity (2 Corinthians 5:13)
You get a new family (Romans 8:14)
You get everything