What is the cost of being a follower of Jesus?
You may be thinking, “Um. It’s free to follow God, isn’t it?”
I’ve been learning that this is not the case. Jesus Himself tells us in Luke (and many other books of the Bible) there is a cost for following Him.
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”Luke 14:33
Just as there was a cost for our salvation, there is a cost to following Him. As a Christian, I should be putting my life in the hands of God every day. I have to be ready to lose everything at any given moment. The cost is my life.
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.’”Luke 9:23-24
“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”2 Corinthians 5:15
Not only should I be willing to risk my life for Him, but I should also be living it for Him and loving others how He loves me. I should be an example of Jesus Christ.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”John 13:34
“Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Sure, we don’t have to really do anything for salvation except to believe that Jesus is who He says He is and has done what He says He has done. But, if I want to follow Him totally and completely and pay Him back as much as I can (which, even giving up my life could never be payment enough), I need to dedicate my life to working for Him and evangelizing to as many people as He puts in front of me. It’s all I can give. The cost of giving your entire life to God may be costly for some, but it is completely and totally worth it for me.