The Cost of Following Christ
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at Luke chapter 14 if you would. Luke chapter 14, and we are going to be studying verses 25-33 this morning, and I want to talk to you for several minutes this morning about, "The Cost Of Following Christ."
ILLUS: There's is an old fable about an Emperor who many years ago gathered together the wisest people in his kingdom and said, "I want you to assemble all of the great knowledge of our civilizations so that it will be available for future generations."
They worked many years before returning with ten bound volumes. The Emperor glanced at the stack of books frowned and said, "Too long." The sages scurried back to work and did not return until they had edited the ten volumes down to one. However, when they handed it to the Emperor he refused to open it. He said, "It is still too lengthy." Over the next two years, the sages condensed the book into one paragraph. The emperor still wasn't satisfied.
Finally, these wise people came back with a single sentence inscribed on an index card. The Emperor read it, smiled, and said, "This is perfect. Now future generations will understand why we have been so successful. All the genius we possess is contained in this brilliant solitary phrase." The sentence read: "There is no free lunch."
The truth is whether you eat dog food or filet mignon depends on how high of a price you're willing to pay for the meal. And here in Luke chapter 14, Jesus is telling us about the high cost of following Him. And what I want to do this morning is this. I'm going to read these verses real slowly this morning because I really want to you think about what Jesus is saying here. I want you to think about what we're talking about here this morning. And young people listen to me, I especially want you to hear what I'm going to say today, because I'm afraid that ...
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