The cost is not what you may think. It isn’t our behavior or attitude or morals or dress. And it isn’t our money. This past week I’ve listened to the news channels argue over who is right and who is wrong when it comes to latest scandals. I switched the channels back-and-forth on the remote between CNN and Fox, and could not believe the media circus I was seeing played out from either of them. Both were in a race for ratings and had little to do with the truth itself. So what is the truth?
~ Matthew 8:19-33 Following Jesus ~
What did Jesus mean when He said, “Follow me“? Is it to give up your house, abandon your family, join a certain church? No, he simply meant, “no buts”.
“I will follow Jesus, but just not right now…”
“I believe in Jesus, but I don’t know about all those miracles and being raised from the dead…”
Living for Jesus now, in this moment, in this life, is more important than waiting for a better time or dwelling in the past. The cost of waiting could be much more.
The storms and demons obeyed Jesus when He spoke. If we really believe Jesus is who he said he was, and believe his actions to be true, then we would want to follow him completely with our lives. He would be part of our waking up and going to bed, our counsel during the day, our friend and companion, and our Savior. And it is the willingness of our hearts and beliefs that Jesus seeks, not certain actions or words. Other religions require those. But there are many today who still want to put a price tag on being a Christian – good enough, deserving enough, perfect, act a certain way or do certain things. The only price is truly believing in who Jesus is and trusting in Him – and that part is free and available to anyone.