scripture Ref: Luke 14:25-33
COST is the price to be paid to obtain something.
Love of God: For so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Christ died for our sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Cost of following Jesus: Following Jesus entails giving up everything for the Love of God namely; Giving up Family relationships and possessions. When Jesus called Simon Peter and they left their business to follow Jesus. When Jesus called James and John, they left their father Zebedee and the family business. Matthew 4:18-22
Giving up your talent and life: Stephen was a man with the grace and power of God. He was chosen to distribute food. Although, he encountered opposition he held onto his faith by following the teaching of Jesus even to the point of death. Acts 7:54-59
Giving up your time: To listen and learn from Jesus so as to preach and drive out demons in the market place and communities. Mark3:13-15
Giving up your money: Sacrificing your money for ministry, discipleship, evangelism, administration costs such as electricity, water bill, wages bill ie salary. Mark 12: 41-44
Giving up your wealth: Contributing to the welfare of the sick, the poor and the needy at home, at church and in the communities as need may arise. Acts 2:42-47
Reflection: What are you giving up for Jesus?
Word of Encouragement:
Galatians 6:8 Do not become weary in doing good for at the proper time, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.
Benefits of following Jesus:
Matthew 19:27-30 You will be given a throne to judge nations.
Receive a hundred times of what you have spent.
Inherit Eternal life.
You may ask whatever you want in Jesus name and it will be granted. John 15:16
Shallom!! God bless you.