Guest Author

Pastor Neal Dearyan
Senior Pastor – Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, Ohio

Today’s Scripture: For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28

Almost every Monday night when I was a kid, we drove about 40 miles to Hot Springs, Arkansas to the Lloyd Godbehere Auction. This auction has operated continuously for over 50 years.

Some of the best entertainment I ever had was watching two people in a bidding war. I remember a model aircraft carrier that was about 8 to 12 feet long. I don’t remember the figure that it went for, but it was astronomical. The bids kept getting bigger and bigger.

One man simply kept his number in the air and nodded every time the auctioneer looked at him.

Finally, the other guy dropped off.

As a kid, I went up to the guy that won it and asked him about it.

He said, “My uncle died on this aircraft carrier in WWII.”

I looked in his eyes, and I saw:

  • Loss
  • Pain

…because he had bought this in memory of his uncle.

Maybe you had an uncle or a loved one who died for your freedom.

But even more, we all have a brother who died for our eternal freedom.

And He asks you now, as you consider picking up that cross and following Him, “Are you so committed to Me that you’re willing to keep your number in the air and nod every time I look at you?”

Earthly speaking, most of the time smart people don’t do that.

Earthly speaking, smart people decide before the bidding starts: “I will pay this much, but no more,” unless it is something like that model aircraft carrier. Are you willing to keep following Jesus when the price keeps getting higher…and higher…and higher…and higher?

We can all be the top bidder for our own crosses.

He gave everything on the cross to earn your salvation. Are you willing, now that you’re saved, to pay any price to be His disciple?