Monday, August 8, 2011

The Low Cost of Following Jesus

And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him. (1 Kings 19:21)

Excerpt from “Burning Your Plows” – 2011-08-07
There are those who are in ministry who brag of how much they’ve given up for their calling, how great a cost they had to pay. Yet if you have truly considered the cost of God’s call for your life – you come to understand that there is not real cost at all. It really costs us nothing to follow Jesus because he already paid the cost. We give up nothing for following Jesus because Jesus is everything. In Philippians 3:8 the apostle Paul writes: “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Compared to the cost of the cross; compared to who we would be and where we would be without Jesus as our Lord and Saviour; compared to the joy of salvation and the glorious riches to come - there is nothing in this life that truly has worth outside of Jesus. We may give up many things, but compared to the worth of Christ - we give up nothing. Because Jesus is everything and it costs us nothing - he calls us to follow him to the point of no return.