Ever been undecided about purchasing an item, wondering to yourself if it is worth the cost? After contemplating, you may say to yourself that it isn’t worth it for a variety of reasons. On the other hand, you may say to yourself that you are going to press forward with the purchase for a number of reasons.
Either way, for some items, we take the time to weigh the cost. Think about the purchase of your home or the purchase of your car-you researched, you consulted with others, you may have even prayed about it-then you decided.
When we decide to follow Christ, we must weigh the cost. Oh, make no mistake about it-He is absolutely worth it all! However, following Christ comes with specific responsibilities. We cannot be surprised when we have to lose some things in the process of choosing Christ:
That job may have to go. That boyfriend may have to go. Those friendships may have to end. You may be unable to frequent those same places. You may have to turn off certain songs and movies.
And when we don’t follow Christ, the cost is too great to bear! The Word tells us so:
This is beyond salvation. Salvation is important for everybody, no doubt about that! Along with salvation, we must be doing the work of the Lord. We become saved because we commit our lives to Him. We cannot serve Christ half-heartedly, we must give Him our whole lives.
Consider the cost of walking your own way, doing your own thing-the cost is too great to bear! What if you gain all the world’s riches but die spiritually in the process? What if you serve on every church committee but fail to do the ONE thing God told you to do? What if all the relationships you are holding on to kills you slowly? We must count the cost!
Counting the cost helps us understand the great profit that comes with living fully and completely for Christ: We gain Him! We are able to call on the Lord! We are able to cry out, Abba, Father! And we get to spend eternity with our Lord.
Peace and Blessings