The Cost of Following Christ
by Sundi Jo Graham
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Last night my small group started the Radical Bible Study. If youíve been following my blog lately, youíll know how much the book has changed my perspective on how I want to be as a Christian.
David Platt has challenged me according to Godís Word to abandon myself.
Reading the book has literally caused me to put my life up for sale.
Tonight we discussed the cost of following Christ. Guess what? Itís not cheap! It costs us everything. But are we really willing to give up everything? Am I willing to do that?
According to Luke 14:25-33 Jesus comes before anyone. We have to carry the cross daily.
WE HAVE TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING!
Does that mean go and sell everything you have today, be poor, and wait for God to tell you what to do? I donít believe so. God blesses others who bless others. Having money and possessions is not a bad thing. ButÖ loving them more than Christ will get us into trouble.
What does following Christ mean? Here are four explanations based on Luke 14.
Following Christ means being devoted to Him above anyone else
Following Christ means continually sacrificing who we were for who He is (Luke 14:27)
Following Christ requires a cost that should be considered before we commit (Luke 14:28-32)
Following Christ requires radical abandonment of everything we previously sought in life for the freedom to fully pursue Him and His glory (Luke 14:33)
Iíll close with this:
"Most of us would rather imagine all the blessings weíll receive from following Christ than count the cost of what it will take to be His disciple. The reality is we have to give up everything, including ourselves."
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So true. Many people believe that once they chose to become a Christian and to follow Christ that their lives will automatically become easier. The opposite is true. When we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we open ourselves up to His conviction, but we should rejoice in this, because it can only help us to grow into who He has planned for us to be. There may be pain in being corrected by our Heavenly Father, but there is tremendous joy as well. Be Blessed
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