92 A builder must count the cost.

Luke 14:25–35

How might the crowd have felt when they heard Jesus say they must “take up their cross” to follow him as disciples (Luke 14:25–27)? What did they think those words meant?

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Why might willingness to forsake loved ones be the best thing we can do for them (Luke 14:25–27)?

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What does the cost of building a tower have to do with following Jesus (Luke 14:28–30)?

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What is the difference between making a commitment and keeping it (Luke 14:28–30)?

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Why is it important to foresee the outcome of a battle before engaging in it (Luke 14:31–33)?

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What does a commitment on the battlefield have in common with a commitment to Christ (Luke 14:31–33)?

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Of what value is anything that won’t satisfy the purpose for which it was made (Luke 14:34)?

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If Jesus wanted people to understand, why did he tell them to listen better rather than choose to explain better (Luke 14:35)?

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Jesus turned to the large crowd that followed him. “Any man who follows me must be willing to forsake father and mother, wife and children, and brothers and sisters. You must even be willing to give up your own life, or you cannot be my disciple. Those who will not take up their cross and follow in my footsteps cannot be my disciples.

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Luke 14:25–27 Jesus turned to the large crowd that followed him. “Any man who follows me must be willing to forsake father and mother, wife, brothers and sisters, and children. You must even be willing to give up your own life, or you cannot be my disciple. Those who will not take up their cross and follow in my footsteps cannot be my disciples.
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Luke 14:25–27 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.

“If you were going to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to be sure you had the resources to complete it? Otherwise, you might finish the foundation but not have enough to continue. Others would see your failure and laugh at you, saying, ‘See that fool? He started to build the tower but was not able to finish.’

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Luke 14:28–30 “If you were going to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to be sure you had the resources to complete it? Otherwise, you might finish the foundation but not have enough to continue. Others would see your failure and laugh at you, saying, ‘See that fool? He started to build the tower but was not able to finish.’
King James

Luke 14:28–30 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.

“What king would ever plan war without first sitting down with his captains to determine whether his ten thousand soldiers could defeat the twenty thousand coming against him? If not, while the opposing forces were still far away, he would send an ambassador to negotiate conditions for peace. Likewise, if you are not ready to give up everything you have, you cannot be my disciple.

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Luke 14:31–33 “What king would ever plan war without first sitting down with his captains to determine whether his ten thousand soldiers could defeat the twenty thousand coming against him? If not, while the opposing forces were still far away, he would send an ambassador to negotiate conditions for peace. Likewise, if you are not ready to give up everything you have, you cannot be my disciple.
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Luke 14:31–33 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 a good preservative, but if it loses its saltiness, how will you make it any good? Because it has no use, either for food or fertilizer, you would throw it away. If you have ears, pay attention to what I am saying.”

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Luke 14:34–35 “Salt is a good preservative, but if it loses its saltiness, how will you make it any good? Because it has no use, either for food or fertilizer, you would throw it away. If you have ears, pay attention to what I am saying.”
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Luke 14:34–35 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.