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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP


Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then another of His disciples said to him, “LORD, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
(Matthew 8:19-22 KJV)

Bible Verses: 1 Kings 19:19-21; Mark 10:17-31; Acts 4:32-37

Jesus’ discourse with the scribe and another of His disciples in Matthew 8:19-22 teaches that for you to be a true disciple of Jesus you must be prepared to give up whatever you cherish most for the Gospel of Christ. In Genesis 12, Abraham was prepared to give up his father, brothers and land of nativity in order to be what God wanted him to be. He was even prepared to make an offering of his only son whom he so loved. Simon Peter and his companions gave up their fishing careers in order to become disciples of the LORD Jesus Christ. Matthew who was also a tax collector was also prepared to give up his profession when the LORD commanded him to become His disciple. If you are not yet prepared to give up whatever you cherish most for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you are not yet in a position to become His disciple. Many who claim to be saved, are only Christians on the outside while in the inside they are still very far from God. In Matthew 10:37, Jesus says, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Many people love their money, businesses, employment and families more than they love Jesus. The attitude of the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31 shows how many children of God will miss being a part of the kingdom of God just because they cannot let go of the material possessions of this world. In order for you to be saved, God actually gave up His best Seed and this is His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Today I am asking you to examine yourself to see if you are really a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
 

PRAYER
I am sorry LORD Jesus Christ for all the times that I have placed value over unnecessary things in this world over You. Help me to be able to be like You and always be ready to give my best for Your service. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen.