“Count the cost, Haley:” a phrase commonly placed on my mind by the Lord when I was new to my faith. It was constantly there, following me everywhere I went. And I was just thinking, “What does He want me to get from this?” Obviously – as someone new to true Christianity, I had no clue what this meant. As I became more comfortable with sharing my faith, I lost a good amount of my “closest” friends, people lost interest in being around me, and it just became – different so to speak.
I would ask God “Why? What is going on?” I did not know what I was doing so wrong that had caused people to be so distant from me, but it was happening. In my eyes, I was simply doing my work for the Kingdom and glorifying His Name. And He eventually reminded me of the Scriptural fact that HE was “despised and rejected of men,” and that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” If anyone could relate to me about the struggle of preaching the truth it was Him! (Keep this in mind – they hated Him before you. He can relate to your pain!)
I soon began to understand what He meant when He was telling me to “count the cost.” When you make that definitive choice to follow Jesus, you have to understand that what you’re in for losing a lot of what you have. But that is the thing – Jesus wants followers who are going to risk it all and sacrifice everything they have just for Him. He laid down His life – what are you laying down for Him? He tells us that no man who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God. You can try your best to mix in a little bit of the world with Jesus but it will not work. Take your pick: the world or God?
Following Jesus means losing things of this world. But here is the good part: We gain God’s favor. We gain His protection. His love. There is no better person to be on your side than the Creator of the Universe. When He is instructing us to count the cost, He is telling us that there will be things you will lose when following Him; however, you will have your fair share of gain.
Ladies, are you willing to lay down what you have for the sake of our Savior? Following Jesus does not mean prosperity and all things good will come your way. In Mark when the disciples “left everything” to follow Jesus, the Lord promised them “A hundred times as much” blessing in return. (Mark 10:28-30) Every single Christian who is attempting to live righteously is called to the battlefield for life. But out of grace, God has granted us a promising eternity with Him and a suit of armor to help us along the way. (Ephesians 6:13)
And still the Lord is reminding me to “count the cost.” So – are you counting the cost?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
With the Lord’s Love,