Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor of Creative Arts

As we near the end of our “Parables” series, this weekend we studied Luke 14:25-35. In this passage we see Jesus address a large crowd following Him, setting the bar high for anyone who wants to call him/herself His disciple. Jesus then tells two stories, the idea being that we need to count the cost and let go of our grip on our earthly possessions before we decide to follow Jesus.

Why did Jesus say these things to the crowd? He knew that the day would come when their emotional reaction to His message would subside, and hardships and persecution would increase. During that time, only those who loved Jesus more than anything else and felt no attachment to earthly possessions would endure.

What does this mean for us? If you’re a believer in Christ, use this as a time to gauge where you’re at in your walk with Him. Is there anything you’re currently placing above God? Jesus explicitly says that He is to be first to anyone who calls themselves a Christian – Be sure you are following this command during both the good times and the bad.

For those of us who aren’t yet believers, use this lesson as a realistic preview of a Christ-centered life. Jesus clearly says that following Him will be tough. He says that He needs to be placed above anything, even your own life. But through this challenge, know that following Jesus is not only worth it, it will be the best decision you ever make!

Other verses and quotes used in the message:

Genesis 29; Malachi 1:2-3; Exodus 20:3; Exodus 20:5; Matt. 10:37-39; Luke 9:23;

“What you fear reveals where you trust God the least.” Craig Groschel

Count the Cost

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