Cost of Following Jesus

Matthew 8:18-22  Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side.  (19)  And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”  (20)  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  (21)  Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  (22)  And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Matthew 10:34-39  Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  (35)  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  (36)  And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.  (37)  Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  (38)  And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  (39)  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:24-27  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  (25)  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  (26)  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?  (27)  For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Mark 8:34-38  And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  (35)  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.  (36)  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  (37)  For what can a man give in return for his soul?  (38)  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Luke 9:23-26  And he said to all,  If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  (24)  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  (25)  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?  (26)  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Luke 9:57-62  As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  (58)  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  (59)  To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  (60)  And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  (61)  Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”  (62)  Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 14:25-33  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.

John 12:24-26  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  (25)  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  (26)  If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.