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The Cost Of Being A Christian    


In our day of high inflation, we pay for the high cost of living.  It would be nice if life was free and easy, but since the events recorded in Genesis 3, paying the price to live is our reality.  That being so, is there a cost to becoming a Christian?  If there is, why do I not hear about it any more?  It's usually invite Jesus into your heart, get forgiven, and carry on with life.        


God paid an exorbitant price to offer us salvation free of charge.  It's our responsibility, then, to value it with our very lives, something today's irresponsible gospel has devalued.  This has produced a care free, do whatever you want Christian population that has cheapened the value of God's grace. With this in mind, read an excerpt from Luke 14:27 through 33.


"And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?   For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish' ... In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples."


So what's going on?  If salvation is freely given to us, why do we have to give up everything to be Jesus' disciples?  Why do I not hear of any cost in what has been called "the sinner's prayer?"    


Jesus said that we must count the cost of becoming a disciple, and by the way, a Christian should be a disciple.  If we fail to communicate the cost of discipleship, we mislead those to whom we preach into thinking salvation is just about getting forgiven and moving on with life.  We must not preach a costless gospel that neglects our responsibility to care for it by carrying our personal cross, but we do.  No wonder so many are falling away from the faith these days, assuming they ever had valid faith.  When things get tough, they split, and as Jesus said, Christianity is ridiculed, as it is today. 


Jesus is not just the Christ who forgives us.  He is the Lord to whom we must submit our lives, and that's the cost of Christian discipleship.  It's about us carrying our cross for Jesus as He carried His cross for us, a concept lacking in much of today's church.  If we preach costly grace, it will produce valuable Christians.  If we preach cheap grace, it will produce cheap Christians.  Yes, God's grace extended to us through the process of salvation is freely given to us, but it is certainly not cheap, and we must not live as though it is.   It's the cost of being a Christian.     

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