The Bible clearly teaches that followers of Christ will have to endure some sort cost for doing so. We understand that the cost will vary depending on the culture of the follower. Some will lose their lives for following Christ. In Western culture, we are probably not doing to have to physically die for our faith. But still, our walk with Christ will have some type of cost to us.
In Luke 14:25-28 we are reminded of the cost of following Christ, “And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”
The glaring understanding is that being a disciple of Christ will cause divisions in our families, especially among those who haven’t come to Christ. Although we might not be required to die physically, some death is indicated by the need for followers of Christ to “bear his cross.” We are to count this cost and be willing to pay the price so that we will have the will to finish.
Here is the question, Looking back on your walk with Christ, What has your following Christ actually cost you? What have you lost or what have you been forced to leave behind because you are following Christ?
It may be that the absence of cost means you are not really following Christ at all. It could be that you are following Him but at some safe costless distance to minimize the loss.
The individual cost of our following Christ is something worth considering today.