Counting the Cost of Following Jesus Sunday School Lesson (Luke 14:25-35)

Have you ever counted the cost of following Jesus? This is a challenging lesson for adults, not to mention children. But in today’s world where Christianity seems to be cheap and easy, this lesson is even more important. Jesus teaches us that following Him has a price. The price is that we must give up everything that is dearest to us, whether plans or people. Ouch. It would be easy to skip this lesson if it wasn’t taught by Jesus himself. Be bold in teaching this to children. Following Jesus requires action, not just words. Following Jesus costs us something, but it’s worth it.

Lesson Title: Do The Math – Counting the Cost of Following Jesus

Big Idea: Following Jesus costs us something, but it’s worth it.

Bible Reading: Luke 14:25-35

Memory Verse: “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:33 (Message)

Objects Lesson Item: Calculator or calculator app on your phone

Lesson Notes: I recommend using The Message translation for this lesson, because kids can misunderstand the word “hate” used in other translations. I’ve included a link to a commentary that explains this in the bonus section. This can be presented as an object lesson, kids sermon, or Sunday School lesson for kids (perfect for kids ages 6-12).

Counting the Cost of Being a Disciple Sunday School Lesson (Luke 14:25-35)

There are many ways for us to add up numbers. When it comes to mathematics, some of you may be good at counting on your fingers, or even working out a math problem in your head. Other times we need a little help and that is where this little device comes in. Who can tell me what this is?

A calculator!

A calculator helps us do math quickly and accurately. It helps us get to the right answer, and it helps us to do it quickly.

And now, calculators are part of our phones.

There are lots of things that require calculation in our everyday life. We have to track our expenses, calculate payments to see if we can afford to buy a car or house, taxes, tips for waiters and waitresses, counting calories, and so much more. Cars have built in calculators that can tell you how many miles you can drive with the amount of gas in your tank. When we plan our day we have to calculate what time we need to wake up, how much time it will take us to get ready to leave home, how much homework we have, and more. All of these things require counting and calculation.

In the same way, we have to calculate what it will cost for us to follow Jesus.

Following Jesus isn’t just something we say we do with our mouth. It requires our whole body. It requires action. It requires saying no to a lot of things so we can say yes to Jesus.

Let’s read Luke 14:25-35.


Figure the Cost

25-27 One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.

28-30 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’

31-32 “Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce?

33 “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.

34-35 “Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it’s useless, good for nothing.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”


Wow. Being a Christian is so much more than just saying you’re a Christian, isn’t it?

To be a disciple of Jesus means we are His student and He is our teacher. We have to follow what He says to do.

He says we have to count the cost. To count the cost means we have to calculate what it will require for us to follow Him. Maybe it means we have to not play sports, so we have time to go to church on Sunday. Maybe it means we have to stop being friends with people who are a bad influence on us. Maybe it means we have to be nice to our brothers or sisters, and obey our parents. Maybe it means instead of playing video games, we spend time reading the Bible, praying, and helping others. Following Jesus means putting Him first. That means others things can’t be first in our life anymore.

Following Jesus costs us something. But, it’s worth it. Because Jesus loves us and wants us to be with Him in heaven someday.

Discussion Questions:

  • Does anyone know how much it costs to fill up a car with gas?
  • How much does it cost when your parents buy groceries for the week?
  • Do you play a musical instrument? If so, how much time do you spend practicing every week?
  • Do you play sports? If so, how many days do you practice every week?
  • Does anyone know what 25 + 35 equals?
  • Why is following Jesus hard sometimes?
  • What are some things that might get in the way of you following Jesus in your own life?

Prayer: Dear God, we want to be followers of Jesus. Help us to put Jesus first in our lives, even when it’s hard. Thank you for giving us strength and hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bonus Ideas – Counting The Cost of Being a Disciple Sunday School Lesson

Commentary: What did Jesus mean when He instructed us to hate?

Coloring Page: Luke 14:33 Coloring Page

Worship Song: Boss of Me

Game: How Much Is It? Guess The Price

Craft Idea: Follow Me Sandal

Teaching Video: Ministry to Children


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