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NOTHING SPLENDID HAPPENS WITHOUT SACRIFICE
 

Luke 14:25-35

Greatness:       passion-want it…mission-know it…see it-vision…sacrifice-do it…Jesus gives an explanation…illustration…makes an application of sacrifice (v.25)-thinning out the ranks…not looking for a crowd commitment…not decisions, but disciples. What Jesus teaches about being a disciple is exactly the same lessons we must learn if we are going to achieve G. C. greatness…nothing ever happens without sacrifice…involves 4 key actions…

 

I.          THERE IS A DECISION THAT MUST BE DETERMINED (V.26)

The same Jesus who tells us to love our enemies would not turn around and tell us to hate our families -"hate": to love less (Mt. 10:37)-2000 years ago: give your life to Jesus…have to give up your family, especially if you were Jewish -dealing with the question of priority-Jesus must be your first love!-will not take second place to anything or anybody!-anything you put above the Lord Jesus becomes your Lord-He must come first: ahead of family, friends, finances

 

II.        THERE IS A PRICE THAT MUST BE PAID (V.27)

Salvation is free but it is not cheap-Jesus paid a price in order to save you and you must pay a price in order to serve Him-not only pays to serve Jesus…it costs-many people do not come to Christ because they are not willing to pay the price-a cross represented death: a symbol of death-(v.26b) The cross always comes before commitment " "  the crown -to be His disciple you must die to yourself, your ambitions, goals, desires…surrender your life***George Mueller: "What is the secret of your great life?"…"There was a day when George MUELLER died."-greatness involves paying a price and making a sacrifice***founding fathers made a great sacrifice***the church is here because of sacrifice 11 disciples obeyed the command to go into all the world and make disciples!

 

III.       THERE IS A COST THAT MUST BE COUNTED (V.28-30)

The way to heaven is easy because the way to heaven is Jesus…Jesus is no easy way to heaven…a demand to discipleship-count the cost: big difference between price and cost***100,000 dollar Mercedes: price is the same for everybody: cost would be far less to Donald Trump than it would be to Donald Chump (v.28) Christian life is like a strong tower: a tower of work, of worship, witness, warfare -many fall beside the wayside because they do not count the cost (v.29) (the world laughs)***"I don’t want to be a half-finished tower!" -not how fast you start, but how strong you finish!***use to Christians…is a used up Christian! (vv.31-33) God plus one is a majority! You can’t be a coward or a compromiser. It’s sad when we try to be godly enough to be accepted by the Lord, and wordly enough to be accepted by the World.

 

IV.       THERE IS A REWARD THAT WILL BE REAPED (MARK 10:29-30)

Sacrifice is not a negative…a positive-football team that sacrifices on the practice field and in the weight room wins the championship…athlete that sacrifices wins the gold medal. No sacrifice you could ever make for Jesus could possibly compare to the reward you will get for making that sacrifice -when we die: The Lord Jesus greet us…"Well done, thy good and faithful servant."-nothing great is ever done without sacrifice…but any sacrifice for Jesus is always great!!!!