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Summary: This sermon is to encourage those that will follow Christ, to understand there is a cost for discipleship.

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surrender your will, your desires, your hopes, and your dreams, to the will of Christ. This

his a high cost, but it is worth the investment. He who loses his life for the sake of Christ,

will find life eternal.

Jesus went on to say that “whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be MY disciple.”

If you are going to follow Jesus, you must be willing to wear the garment of suffering.

The cross represents, suffering,pain and rejection.

The cross represents the innocent suffering for the guilty.

Jesus was saying that If you are not willing to suffer because of doing good. Than you cannot be His disciple. If you can’t stand to be mistreated even when you do good, then you cannot be a disciple of Christ.

If you want to celebrate in the glory of Christ rein, you must have fellowship with His suffering.

To follow Jesus you must be willing to lose all, take a stand,and follow HIM. You must follow Him regardless of were He leads you. Even if it means that you must go through the vally of the shadow of death.

Jesus goes on to say, “Before a man builds a tower, he must count up the cost. I wise builder does not start a project unless he knows he has what it takes to finish the Job. You must ask yourself, "Do I have what it takes?"

Jesus went on to say, that “Before King goes into battle, he must make sure that he has enough men to do the job.”

Jesus is saying, before you commit to following him, make sure you have added up the cost. Make sure you are committed to finishing your walk with Christ.

The point of this scripture is not to discourage you from following Jesus, but it is to let you know what it is going to take to follow HIM.

When you commit yourself to following Jesus, it will cost you something. You may lose friends, you may have to suffer, you may lose family. You will have to give EVERY PART of your life over to HIM.

Your are no longer free to do what you want to do, but you must do what He wants you to do. Your life because His. Your will must be lost in HIS.

Jesus will make it worth your while. Whatever you lose or give up for His sake, He will replace it with much more and better things.But you must be willing to give it all over to HIM.

Jesus ended with saying “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jesus is calling us to a closer walk with Him,

(He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”)

Jesus is calling us to have peace with Him.

(He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”)

Jesus is calling to us who are hurting, to let HIM heal us. "He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”)

Count UP the Cost and follow HIM.

("He that has ears to hear, let him hear.”)

Jesus made it very clear that following Him won’t be easy. God’s way is not always the

easiest way, but it is always the best way. You must ask yourself these three basic

questions: Is there anything that I love more that Christ? Is there anything that I will not

give up for Christ? Is there anything that I won’t do for Christ? If you answer yes to any

of these questions, then you cannot be His disciple.

If you give Christ your all, He will give you His all.

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