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Story About a Big Dinner Party

15One of the men sitting at the table with Jesus heard these things. The man said to Jesus, "The people that eat a meal in God's kingdom will be very happy!" 16Jesus said to him, "A man gave a big dinner. The man invited many people. 17When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come! The food is ready!' 18But all the guests said they could not come. Each man made an excuse. The first man said, 'I have just bought a field, so I must go look at it. Please excuse me.' 19Another man said, 'I have just bought five pairs of work animals; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.' 20A third man said, 'I just got married; I can't come.' 21So the servant returned. He told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, 'Hurry! Go into the streets and alleys of the town. Bring me the poor people, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' 22Later the servant said to him, 'Master, I did what you told me to do, but we still have places for more people.' 23The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and country roads. Tell the people there to come. I want my house to be full! 24None of those people that I invited first will ever eat with me!'"

You Must First Plan

25Many people were traveling with Jesus. Jesus said to the people, 26"If a person comes to me, but loves his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters more than he loves me, then that person cannot be my follower. A person must love me more than he loves anything--even his own life! 27If a person will not carry the cross (suffering) that is given to him when he follows me, then that person cannot be my follower. 28If you wanted to build a building, you would first sit down and decide how much it would cost. You must see if you have enough money to finish the job. 29If you don't do that, you might begin the work, but you would not be able to finish. And if you could not finish it, then all the people watching would laugh at you. 30They would say, 'This man began to build, but he was not able to finish!' 31"If a king is going to fight against another king, first he will sit down and plan. If the king has only 10,000 men, he will plan to see if he is able to defeat the other king that has 20,000 men. 32If he cannot defeat the other king, then he will send some men to speak to the other king and ask for peace. 33In the same way, all of you [must first plan]. You must leave everything you have to follow me. If you don't, you cannot be my follower!

Don't Lose Your Influence

34"Salt is a good thing. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then it is worth nothing. You can't make it salty again. 35You can't even use it for soil or for plant food. People throw it away. "You people that hear me, listen!"

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