What Shopping Taught Me about Following Jesus

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There’s a basic principle I learned a long time ago when it comes to buying stuff…

You get what you pay for.

The idea is that if you pay a lot for something, it will be worth the cost.

(Really this isn’t rocket science…in our society, you generally have to pay more for things that are made better or will last longer than things that are made cheaply, whether it’s a pair of shoes or a car).

But, what if we applied this principle to following Jesus?

The Bible says that salvation is a free gift from God, but it also says that it’s going to cost you something.

So, how can both be true?

Salvation is a free gift from God (see Ephesians 2:8-9).

Only God can make anything dead come to life…

And, the Bible says that we’re dead because of our sin.  (Ephesians 2:1)

So, God does what only God can do and gives us life.

Salvation is free…

following Jesus is not free.

Following Jesus will cost you.

Jesus makes that clear when He is talking to the crowds about following Him in Luke 14…

“Don’t begin until you count the cost.”

Later in that same scene, He says…

“No one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me.”

Turns out that following Jesus comes with a cost.

It may cost you relationships.

It may cost you time.

It may cost you money and possessions.

It may even cost you your life.

Following Jesus isn’t cheap.

But, we make it cheap when we sacrifice little or nothing and call ourselves “Christians.”

Maybe it’s time for you to “count the cost” of following Jesus.

Maybe it’s time for you to realize that you get what you pay for when it comes to following Him.

God’s free gift of salvation wasn’t cheap…

The value that we put on following Jesus shouldn’t be cheap either.

What is it costing you to follow Jesus today?

26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.  28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost.  (Jesus in Luke 14)

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