"Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, "This man began to build and was not able to finish." Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down and first deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. SO THEREFORE, ANYONE OF YOU WHO DOES NOT RENOUNCE ALL THAT HE HAS CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE." Luke 14: 27-33
Salvation is free for us, but it cost Jesus everything! But what is the cost of discipleship? What is the cost of following Jesus in our daily lives.
Jesus was clearly telling his disciples then and still today that there is a great cost to being a disciple of Jesus. In fact, these words are very clear: "Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." "Anyone who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple."
These are very difficult words that we have to deal with our spiritual walk with the Lord.
Are we willing to bear our cross to follow Jesus. The Cross is a symbol of suffering, and death. There are going to be many things that we will go through that will cause suffering in our personal lives. Are we going to stay true to Jesus even when we may have to suffer for being a Christian, suffering physically, emotionally, in relationships with family and friends, even in ministry are we willing to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ. There is a cross that we must carry in this life. Because being a disciple means that we follow the path of Jesus.
Are we willing to renounce, give up, lay our rights aside for the sake of Jesus? This is also difficult because we want our way, our rights, our goals, and being a disciple of Jesus, means that we may have to surrender to God's Will and not our will at times, that we will lay down our kingdom for His Kingdom, that we will surrender and sacrifice for His will in our lives!
There is a cost to be a disciple for Jesus, but it will be worth it all when we see Jesus face to face. Then we will hear the words from the lips of our Savior: "Well done you good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord."
Lord, help me to be a true disciple of Jesus today and every day in my personal life!