If I had been in the crowd the day Jesus said the following words, would I have walked away? This is how He introduces Himself-by asking people who desired to follow Him to count the ACTUAL cost of following Him:

“In the same way, any of you who does not give up all of his possessions cannot be my disciple.” -Luke 14:33

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. -Luke 14:26

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” -Matthew 10:37-38

Did Jesus really mean what He said? He never said, pray a prayer and accept Him or follow the “roman road.” Declare Him God…even the demons believe and shudder. Are we willing to come to Jesus on His terms and not ours? I don’t think I actually, ever counted the cost and I am faced with the decision now.

The only conclusion I can come to is this: He MUST be worth so much more than what I have!!! He is supremely worthy of all of me and nothing less. This is truth. Will I obey?


D. Platt’s sermon: “The Gospel Demands Radical Sacrifice”