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The Cost of Following Jesus

Mark 10:22

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever lost something of real value – or had to give something up of real value? It could have had a material value or a sentimental value. It could have been something you lost – like misplacing something – or could have been something you had to give up – like a cost to do something. I tend to measure a number of activities I do – for instance – on how much work went into making the money it will cost me to do that activity (sad – but that is how numbers people think at times).

When we want something – most of us determine the cost and then decide whether it is worth what we must give up to get it. Do we buy a new car or a used car – it depends on the costs? Do we buy the newest phone or can our old one last – it depends on the costs? Do we move into a bigger home – it depends on the costs? Do we invest in a new relationship – it depends on the costs?

Here is today’s passage in partial context as Jesus had an encounter with a rich young man. Mark 10:17–23 – 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

It costs much to follow Jesus. Salvation is free – but the cost of following Jesus is our all. We are to love God with all we have and all we are – for sure.

Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Matthew 10:37–39 – 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

The men last Tuesday wrestled with that last reading.  It is not easy to follow Jesus.  The gift of salvation is free, but the cost of following Jesus is our all.  Jesus wants all of us – our heart – mind – soul – and body.  Are we following Jesus?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 22, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

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