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“The Cost of Following Jesus”
 
We might think; there is no cost to following Jesus.
We simply follow him.
 
Perhaps in this country right now, we could make this argument.
 
Please read the following verses.
Luke 9:57-62
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
 
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
 
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
 
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
 
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
 
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
 
Following Jesus is not like joining a club.
 
Following Jesus is a way of living.
In many places in the world, people risk their very lives when they decide to follow Jesus.
 
Whatever our cost to follow Jesus is, it is more than worth it.
 
As believers, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit to help us live, as He would have us live.
The words of a children’s song that I loved to sing come to mind.
 
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.
 
2. Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow,
Tho’ none go with me I still will follow,
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.
 
3. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus,
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus;
No turning back, No turning back.
 
4. The world behind me, the cross before me,
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

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