S: Luke 14:16-19, 24, 26-33 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’
For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”
O: Being a disciple of Christ is a great blessing, as well as carries a great cost. Consider the cost! But it's worth the cost. No pain, no gain. God has invited the whole world, but not everyone will come.
A: Consider the cost, then follow Him!
P: Father, thank You for the invitation. Strengthen me that I may be able to steadfast when the going gets tough. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)