Friday, April 04, 2008

Count the Cost

It is one thing to be intrigued by Jesus and His message, but quite another thing to be His disciple. In the 14th chapter of Luke it records Jesus telling people that they need to “hate” everyone including themselves (meaning Jesus must be first and requires total allegiance above everyone and everything else), they need to carry their cross, count the cost, and give up everything in order to be His disciple. This is a far cry from most modern altar calls.

Jesus knew how difficult it was going to be for His disciples and He wanted people to only follow if they were completely informed and ready to go all the way. So, instead of soft selling the idea of being His disciple, Jesus spelled out just how big of a commitment it would be. He didn’t want people to make a decision based on emotions or feelings, rather He wanted people to count the costs and spend some time examining just how significant this decision was going to be.

Let us share the goodness and love of Christ with everyone. But, let us also be honest and share the cost of discipleship too. This will help prevent false converts and it will also help those who choose to follow Christ by giving them a firm footing as they begin the most incredible journey of all time.

Salvation cost Jesus everything and while it is freely offered to us, it will cost us everything too. Can we afford to be His disciple? Can we afford not to be?
In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:33

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