The Cost Of Discipleship

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

And a scribe came up 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,” (Matthew 8:19–20).

It has become commonplace to make the call of discipleship appealing to the natural man.  The truth about discipleship has been replaced with a “better you” mantra.  The importance of man has been elevated, instead of the importance of God.  As a result, the gift of God is no longer received with gratitude, but instead expected as some type of entitlement.

Jesus’ call to discipleship was far different than what is often taking place today.  Jesus always laid out the cost of discipleship.  Popular opinion today says, “Laying out the cost of discipleship is not good church-growth practice.”

It is believed that such truth would discourage individuals from following Christ.  If Christ is our example, why would we present discipleship any different from him?  After all, it is God who adds to the church those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

Are we more concerned with the number of attendees than we are with those who are being saved?  God help us if this is the case!  Christ was concerned with truth.   Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).  The truth is… discipleship has a cost.

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