Scripture Focus: Luke 14: 25-33 (KJV)
I want to start off today by talking about contracts. A contract is often a legal document highlighting the arrangements in which you and the other party agree to and abide by. There are many different types of contracts. Some are for business, some are for relationships, some are for strict legal guidelines and requirements, while some are simply for fun. The reason I want to start off with contracts is because today’s topic is about a contract that I want you to think about because it directly relates to you. It’s a contract between you and Jesus Christ. The thing about contracts however, is that before you agree to the terms and sign, you must always consider the cost. Today’s topic is “The Cost of Following Jesus Christ”.
Do you realize that Jesus Christ has a contract for you. This contract is the best contract you can ever have. No one will offer you a better contract. This is the contract of all contracts. There is no risk involved. As a matter of fact, even a child can sign this contract. It doesn’t require that you have a 1600 on your SAT or a 36 on ACT. You don’t have to read between the lines as if there is some alternative meaning to the words. The contract is simple and plain and you will only receive truth. It is a custom contract made just for you.
This contract doesn’t require a co-signer. As a matter of fact, it’s best signed without one. This contract is so good that no matter who you are, your age, color, nationality, creed and language has been considered as part of the contract and is already approved. But here is the best thing. This contract (if signed) will automatically (without you asking) will remove all your personal debt from your life – this includes new debt that you may accrue as well. Isn’t that amazing!
But wait, there’s more. If you sign this contract today, you will not only receive a lifetime of forgiven debt, but you will also receive a lifetime consultant by the name of (you guessed it) “Holy Spirit” who will help you live life more fully according to God’s plan. You will also receive a playbook for your life known as ‘The Bible” which will be your coach in a book always accessible on your cell phone, YouTube, Sony Playstation, Xbox and hopefully imprinted on your heart, soul and mind.
As you can see, the benefits and rewards of signing this contract are amazing. However, the terms and conditions of the contract you must read carefully. The terms and conditions clearly state that although you will receive these wonderful lifetime benefits, there is a cost. It’s not a financial cost. No man can purchase this contract. The cost is your time, your mind, your heart, your soul, your mouth, your will and possibly your life.
This is a contract of your allegiance. The underwriter, Jesus Christ is initiating the contract with you. All you need to do is weigh the cost and sign. Remember, your debt has been paid for you. It was paid for by Jesus Christ. And if you will, He will sign this contract with you (in full disclosure) through his blood.