February 11, 2020

Worth It All

Luke 14:25–35

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The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Salt Without Taste Is Worthless

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Worth It All

Key Verse | Luke 14:33

"So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple."

Bio | Anna Webb

Hi! I'm Anna: a washed-up college athlete who wishes she could still do some flips, a California girl living in a Texas world, and a proud Baylor Bear. You can usually find me grabbing a cup of coffee or some queso. I have the joy of hanging out with college students here at the Institute, Watermark's biblical training program in church leadership and discipleship.

More importantly, I have counted up the cost and found that Jesus is worth it all. There is nothing sweeter than knowing Him and being known by Him.

Central Truth

Although salvation is free, discipleship is costly. Following Jesus in response to the great love He has shown us is worth every sacrifice.

Devotional | Luke 14:25–35

April 29, 2017: My team stepped off the mat and looked up at the scoreboard. When the numbers popped up, we became back-to-back collegiate national champions.

August 21, 2017: I stepped into my head...

April 29, 2017: My team stepped off the mat and looked up at the scoreboard. When the numbers popped up, we became back-to-back collegiate national champions.

August 21, 2017: I stepped into my head coach's office, looked her in the eyes, and told her that I would be leaving the team.

When asked for an explanation for walking away from success, notoriety, and status, all I could think was, "I have counted up the cost, and Jesus, You are worth it all."

In Luke 14:25-35 Jesus looks out and sees a great crowd. There were multitudes with Jesus, but not many following Jesus. There is a distinct difference between the two, and Jesus leaned into this moment to explain two characteristics of a devoted disciple.

Hate is a strong word, especially when used to describe close relationships (Luke 14:26). However, it is the first thing Jesus mentions. He does not want us to literally hate these people. He simply means that He must be our first love. The love we have for our family, friends, and even our own lives should pale i­n comparison to our love for Jesus.

In the next breath, Jesus tells us to bear our crosses and follow Him (Luke 14:27). The life of a disciple is marked by sacrifice and absolute surrender, and this charge isn't without Christ's own example. He paid the ultimate sacrifice when He died on the cross for our sins so we could be reconciled to God (Romans 5:8-10).

Being with Jesus as a member of the crowd is easy, but being a follower of Jesus as a disciple is demanding. Although salvation is free (Romans 6:23), discipleship is costly. Jesus desires that we not only hear about the life He brings but receive it through relationship with Him (John 5:24). Following Jesus in response to the great love He has shown us is worth every sacrifice. I have counted up the cost and found that Jesus is worth it all. Have you?

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 14:35c)

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Discussion Questions

1. Have you made the decision to step out from the crowd to become a devoted follower of Christ? If not, what is holding you back? Read John 1:12; Romans 6:23, 10:9-10; 1 Peter 3:18.

2. What have you allowed to replace Jesus as the first love in your life? Read Revelation 2:1-7.

3. What are some areas in your life in which you have been slow to sacrifice or surrender to God? How have they held you back from being a fully devoted follower of Christ?

11 Comments available

Michael Scaman 6 months ago

“People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what is salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves.” John Piper

greg jones 6 months ago


Who are these people? This is like waking up one day, looking in the mirror, and hating what you identify as. It’s like you see yourself, as your mortal enemies see you.

Who does that?

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.Like15:1-2

Ah! The sinners were seeing themselves as the Pharisees saw them, and they start to get it (take up their crosses).Jesus understood how sinners and others viewed him (Part of Jesus’ cross to bear is to reject the temptation of taking on the identity that is associated with Messiah.)

“If you’re the anointed one tell these rocks…”

“If you’re truly a Christ follower you’ll…” that can be very tempting.

Great Worth It All devotional-excellent questions to dwell on.

Trey Collins 6 months ago
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Enjoyed the links Hugh!

Trey Collins 6 months ago
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Gmorn Anna, excellent devo and story. Love the conviction that “Jesus is worth it”. So true, and such a blessing to live that truth out.

I am reminded of a talk by John Elmore that was centered around things that are Intimacy Takers and things that are Intimacy Makers. What are the things that stir our affections, and what are the things that rob them?

I can list mine, and trying to do more of the stirring while reducing the thief is the goal. However, it can be hard if I don’t in the moment believe that “Jesus is worth it”. Praying for us this morning Anna to double down on that resolve today!

Annelie Hetland 6 months ago

That was a great Devotion Anna!

Lord, strengthen my feeble knees, is what I am thinking about when I hear that I should take up my cross and follow Him. There are so many easy ways out and good looking reasons to stop short of taking up the cross. Even the religious leaders are not taking up the cross but are standing on the sidelines, mocking. But they don’t know that they too, have chosen a master, a cruel one, who will forsake them in time of need. But my Master is gentle and humble in heart (Mt 11:28-30) and deeply cares for me (Lk12:6-7). Will I trust and obey Him today?

michael mcgowen 6 months ago

It’s a lot easier than it seems if the lord asks you to give to those who ask give it, if he wants you be humble be humble if he said don’t watch tv then don’t if you’re supposed to leave your kids kids money then count the cost, if we do unto others as we would want them to do unto us then that sums it up but don’t go in over your head if you can’t fix the whole town don’t try to, if we being salt cant bring out the god flavors in life than we aren’t worth much.

John Onufrock 6 months ago
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Thank you, Anna for your challenging words. May we all realize It is worth it all. Hugh, you hit close to home with your ship comparison. Cruise or battle. May we choose well. Thanks.

Michael Scaman 6 months ago

Jesus says to count the cost and see if you can complete the ‘discipleship project’. Seems to me you can only do it with God’s help and the rewards far outweigh the costs.

Perhaps Jesus is calling people to realize the great worth and that Jesus is both means and ends of getting it. A shallow understanding is a no started or a no finisher.

Marcus Peters 6 months ago

Discipleship and holiness through Christ has cost me my pride and selfish desires. Both of those things before Christ were smoke and mirrors to the pain I was causing myself and others through my addiction. In Christ I have found freedom in His grace, His love, and confession. When I deceive and hide the last 2%, I cannot be 100% healed (James 5:16). But Christ died once to cleanse all sinners of whom I am one (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23).

Sue Bohlin 6 months ago

Fantastic devo, Anna! Thank you so much!

I keep learning over and over that the biblical understanding of love (choice and action, not tethered to emotions) is quite different from the feelings-oriented cultural understanding of love. Today I am reminded that the biblical understanding of hate is likewise quite different from the culture’s–as you pointed out, it’s about priorities, not bad feelings. I’m grateful for this understanding since I’m the main reason Probe Ministries was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (because of our biblical position on sexuality), and the cost for that slanderous label is mounting up. Last week Vimeo decided that being on the SPLC’s list is enough reason to close down our account.

Being misunderstood is a cost of discipleship–and Jesus is worth it.

Hugh Stephenson 6 months ago

GM Anna. Love this devo. My key word in your Key Verse is “all”. In Greek it means…ALL!!!

A friend tells me – There are two kinds of problems,

1 – The ones money can solve

2 – The ones money cannot solve.

With parents as children of the Great Depression every problem was #1.

Answer - Make lots of money.

Problem - #2 is worse. Way worse.

Jesus solves every #2 problem and shows me that #1 doesn’t matter, (John 16:33) Cost – ALL.

Reward – Infinite and eternal.

I see discipleship as the fork in the road.

left is the cruise ship.

right is the battleship.

So much of my sinful nature wants the cruise ship!!

The battleship entails

hardship, (James 1:2-4), scorn, (Job 16:20), shame, (Hebrews 12:2), sacrifice, (Romans 12:1) rejection, (John 15:18)

But also PROMISES!! https://www.gotquestions.org/promises-of-God.html

Psalm 4:8, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 16:11, John 15:10-11

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