The cost of following Jesus is hard to figure out…
Or maybe we’ve made the cost of following Jesus hard to figure out (at least in America).
Many things in life demand our time, our money, and our attention.
And, every day, we count the cost for what we value most.
Every day, we choose to DO some things and choose NOT TO DO other things based on what we value the most and what it will cost us.
Generally, we are willing to make sacrifices & give up a lot for the things that matter the most to us. And, it’s ultimately these everyday decisions that define us…that make us who we are now and who we will be in the future.
It’s why Jesus turned to a crowd of people who had been following Him in Luke 14 and basically said, “Ok, if you really want to follow me, here’s what it’s going to cost you…”
“Do you really want to be like me? Because if you do, it’s going to take sacrifice…and I mean giving up everything. Do you hear what I’m saying?”
Jesus never intended for His followers to be unsure of what it would cost to follow Him. He made the cost very clear…like the BIG neon numbers of the sticker price on a new car without all the extra haggling.
In fact, He made it so clear that the number of people who were following Him at the time of His death and resurrection was in the hundreds…
Because, thousands left when they heard how much it was going to cost them to follow Him.
Lots of people wanted to jump on Jesus’ bandwagon at first…
But then they realized that following Jesus isn’t cheap.
What about you?
What is it costing you to follow Jesus right now?
Think about that…
If Jesus says that it’s going to cost you everything, and right now, it’s not costing you very much, then are you really following Him?
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 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)