“What Will it Cost me to follow Christ?”
If you were like me who had asked this question so many times, it would be a proof that you were once battling your faith with doubt and pride. When God saved me about 10 years ago, the first thing I ask myself was, what’s will this profession of faith cost me?
I know that it is a very selfish and foolish question to ask, but bear with me as I’d like to put my reason on the table for my stance back then. I’d like to believe that this query is an important one, specially if you are a new believer. Becoming a follower of Christ calls us to die to ourselves and live for His glory.
Living for Christ is never easy. I want to be honest, I’ll say it straight up. You will be mocked, rejected, humiliated and worst, most of your wants and desires in life will also have to be given up. Christ, in His wise words laid this very wise thought about following God in Luke 14:28. He said, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”. Jesus’ words were extremely honest and it cuts through the core. And this is the reason the rich young man walked away when Jesus told him to sell all of his possession to come follow him. (Mark 10:17-31)
Jesus calls onto His sheeps, and they hear His voice. While believer will face mockery, insults and rejections, the believer who has counted the cost will remain true and faithful to His Lord. He understands how it is to truly trust and obey His Master. Why? It is not because man is able, but it is simply because Christ helps him through. As the master planner and builder of creation, God has saved you. He has a great plan to use your life to benefit others. He will sustain you through all of life’s difficulties and pains. All the things we are called to give up can never repay the goodness of God in our lives.