Counting the Cost
Daily Bible Reading – Zechariah 10-12; Psalm 126; Luke 14
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 14:25-35
In late 2011, the lease on my vehicle was set to expire, and my wife and I were left with a decision. We could choose to keep my vehicle and pay off the remaining balance, or purchase a new vehicle. In anticipation of this decision, I poured through magazines and websites counting the true cost of each option. I researched things like fuel mileage, insurance premiums, and predicted reliability to ensure I was well informed on exactly what each option would end up costing us down the road. My goal in all of this research was to be able to make an educated decision based on all of the expected costs, because anything less would have been irresponsible.
Likewise, Jesus wanted His disciples to count the true cost of following Him. Being a disciple, both then and now, involves more than just knowing about Jesus or trying to apply some of His principles to our lives. He is not looking for a halfhearted commitment or a passing acknowledgment of faith. Instead, Christ is asking each of us to be willing to give up everything to follow Him. To be His disciple, we are called to love Him more than our families, friends, possessions, and even our own lives. (14:26-33) The cost of following Jesus can be high, but the reward far surpasses that cost, because when we truly decide to give everything to Jesus and trust Him as our Savior, we are rewarded with eternal life. I once heard it said that following Christ costs more than anything in this world except NOT following Him, and that is a price I pray more people are willing to pay.
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