28 Jul Have You Counted The Cost?
Have You Counted The Cost?
Famous American Christian evangelist, Billy Graham ever said, “Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have”. Indeed, Jesus used His very life to redeem us from sin and its penalty; His grace is free, but not cheap. Thus, after receiving His gracious and priceless salvation, we ought to commit our life wholeheartedly to follow Him. Yet, many things hold us back from complete allegiance to Christ, especially 3 things which Jesus flagged up – the self, human ties, and material possessions. Jesus said if we love these more than Him, we cannot be His disciples. Today, Jesus prompts us to consider carefully, “Can we afford to follow Him?” And if we find the cost too high to bear, let us not forget that Jesus Himself gave His everything to save us. Importantly, we must also consider the reverse, can we really afford to reject Christ? Faced with the reality of the devil’s schemes, a sinful nature that sticks to us, the consequences of sin, and our human inability to save ourselves, can we really afford to not follow Christ?