Luke 14:28, 33 “For which of you, desiring to build a house does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?””So therefore, anyone of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
Jesus taught something that has been for the most part rejected by the west, and that is counting the cost of actually following Him. We have been en grained with this “fast and easy” mentality that has also influenced the Church. We think salvation is a simple one, two, three; 15 minute grace message, sinners prayer and then send um out the door. There is no weighing of the issues, no stopping and really considering if we are willing to surrender all, even family if required, to follow the Author of Life. Because of this there are many false converts in the US, people who have said a prayer once, but have never been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20).
Jesus on the other hand deals with us differently; He instructs us to first consider if we are willing to pay the price of following Him. What is that price? That price is money, job, sister, wife, children, parents, everything dear to us we must be willing to renounce if it comes between us and Christ. God must be number 1, or we are not His. In all of our Churches, with all those who profess to know Jesus, who will follow Him at that cost? Would they give up their job for Him? Leave house for Him? Lose their reputation for Jesus sake or even lose their wife because of obedience to the gospel? But that is the cost for ANY who want to follow Jesus. If people would truly count the cost, their conversion would be radical.
People are paying the price for their faith all around the world; they are imprisoned, away from their families, hungry, and refusing to deny their faith even in the face of death! Yet they are full of joy!
Is your faith like that my friend? Have you counted the cost?