Summary: Here’s a sermon that deals with the lack of commitment found in many church people today.
"What Does I Cost To Be A Disciple?"
 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
I’m concerned about the number of people on our Member list
who supposedly were saved and yet we never see them.
Could it be that we aren’t preaching and teaching
the whole Word of God?
Could it be that we aren’t telling people what Jesus said?
Now...Jesus wants people to be saved just as much as we do.
But Jesus wants people to know what they are doing
before they commit themselves to Him.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7?
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Remember what Jesus said to a Scribe?
And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Remember what Jesus said to the Rich Ruler who came to Him?
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
What did Jesus say in Luke 9:62?
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Now...does it sound to you like Jesus was trying to run them off?
But Jesus was surely telling them to be sure of what they are doing
before they commit themselves to following Him.
Let me tell you the story of Edith Cavell.
Back in 1915...
she established a nursing school in Brussels, Belgium.
When WWI broke out ...
fierce fighting endangered everyone living in Belgium.
The German troops defeated the British troops
at the Battle of Mons
and many of the wounded were cut off from their units.
British soldiers were arriving
at the hospital-nursing home run by Edith Cavell.
Edith knew the moment the war broke out
that she was in danger.