The Christian life, as we have seen, is one that it totally dedicated to God and His Son Jesus Christ alone. The gospel demands that we surrender all that we are to Christ; He is now Lord and King over our lives. What does it mean for God to be the King over your life? It means that He permeates absolutely everything you do. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you lay back down to sleep and everything in between then, the Lord must be first-place.
For Him to be first place it will cost you a lot. For thousands of years it has cost men their lives in order to gain Christ. For those of us in North America, who live comfortably, and have no threat to our lives, it must cost us every pleasure, it must cost us every selfish desire, it must cost us serving ourselves rather than laving down our lives for others.
Steven J. Lawson preached a powerful sermon on what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Expounding the text of Luke 14:25-35, he says….
“It will Cost You……Everything !”
“You need to weigh in on the cost factor and count the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. It will cost you popularity, it will cost you promotion perhaps at times, it will cost you an easy life, you will have to discipline yourself, you will have to buffet your body, you will have to say “No” to temptation, you will have to say “No” to this world, you will have to break with the crowd, you will have to be willing to stand alone for Christ, you will have to be willing walk to the beat of a different drummer and to step out of the crowd even if no one follows after Jesus Christ, you would be willing to stand if you were the only person in the world for Jesus Christ. That’s the cost factor.
You will have to be willing to suffer persecution for Christ and let me tell you, it will come. It might even cost you your life. He is not coming to play games. He is not coming to be docile. He is coming to dominate. He is coming to slaughter. He is the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords. And at the end of this age, He will bolt out of Heaven on a white steed and His garments are dripped in blood. The blood of His own enemies and He is coming back to conquer and to damn.
You need to make terms of peace with this coming King or you will be subjected in damnation forever, and Jesus Christ has made terms of peace. You need to settle out of court with Him. You do not want to go into that final day of conflict with Christ. For He will be ruthless in the execution of His Justice. But He offers you mercy today. He will agree to terms of surrender. He will agree to terms of peace but they are His terms of peace, not ours, and His terms of peace are very simply this: You must hate your own father and mother and brother and sister and even your own life more than Me or you cannot be My disciple. And you must take up a cross and follow Me or you cannot be My disciple. And if you do not, you will meet Me in the final judgment, and it will glorify God in your destruction.
He is pressing you for a decision. He will not be put off. You cannot hit the mute button any longer in your heart, you must answer to Him. Verse 33, “So then,” conclusion, “None of you can be my disciple,” He is saying none of you can be a true Christian, None of you can be in My Kingdom, None of you can be in right relationship with Me or the Father, None of you can be My disciple who does not give up all His own possessions. “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” -Luke 14:33 What is our Lord saying? He is not backing off. He is increasing the commitment that He is calling for with every line of this section.
Well He is not saying that you have to buy your way into the Kingdom of Heaven for none of us have enough gold and none of us have enough silver to ever remove the stain of sin that has defiled our inner soul. What is He saying? Who does not give up all of his own possessions. Well this must be taken in context with other texts of Scripture and let me just cut to the bottom line of the bottom line. You must transfer the ownership of all that you are and all that you have to all that He is. That’s what He is saying. Your life is no longer your life, it is now His life. Your time is no longer your time, it is now His time. Your possessions are no longer your possessions, they are now His possessions. Your future is no longer your future, it is now His future. Your treasure is no longer your treasure, it is now His treasure. And you have transferred all that you are and all that you have to all that He is. That’s what it is to meet His terms of peace.
Yet, the exchange is not bartered or bought with real money but it is purchased with the total complete surrender of your life to Christ. That’s what saving faith is. It is coming to the end of yourself and completely and entirely and trusting all that you are and all that you have to all that He is. This is your eternal soul. This is the only life you will ever live. This deals with the only eternity you will ever have. And so He says, “Salt is good but if even salt has become tasteless, meaning it gives evidence that was never true salt to begin with. With what will it be seasoned, and the answer is nothing. Verse 35, it is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile.
It’s just no good to anyone, not to God, not to Christ, not to the Kingdom, not to the movement. You’re just taking up a seat for someone else. There were other people who were trying to get into this. It is useless either for the soil. You’re not even worth the toilet, spiritually speaking.
Because you have not come to the place of total surrender of your life and supreme legiance and supreme loyalty to Christ. You have not yet come under the Lordship of Christ and taken up a cross to follow after Him. And then He says, “He who has hears to hear, let him hear.”
You need to give strictest attention to what God has said in His Son. For God has spoken in His Son to us in this conference and God has brought every one of us to this place. Not one of us is here by accident or by happenstance and it is the goodness of God and the mercy of God that has brought you to this place where you have heard of Isaiah 53. You have heard of the suffering Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who upon that cross became sin for us. Upon that cross He died to self that He might live for us and that He might bear our sins and iniquities upon that tree and purchase our salvation. And there is salvation in no other name, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
And He is calling out to you today, “Come unto Me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will take you in and receive you unto Myself take My yoke upon you. And learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For My burden is easy and My yoke is Light.” It is. It is! You will have the weight of sin lifted off of you and you will have now the yoke of Christ upon you and He gets into that yoke with you and He pulls with you, but it will require the total commitment of your life to Him. Oh, how we ought to search our hearts here today! Have I come to this place of total commitment in my life? Have I yielded my life, to the sovereign lordship of Him who died upon the cross for me?
I want you to know that the gates of paradise have been swung open to you. The narrow gate is open and if you will take a step of faith and come through this narrow gate, and commit your life to Him. Despite, the strength of His words. He also says, “Him who comes unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” He is calling you today to come, to come to Him, to take a step of faith and to come to Him, but if you come to Him, Don’t play games. You must surrender to Christ.”