I was told last Sunday by a respected preacher that if anyone tells you that it will not cost to follow Jesus, he is a liar. Maybe there is something deep to make this statement true, but he was talking about the cost of money and time. Am I correct to say that it will only cost someone if they haven't yet given up on self and believed to have died with Christ? I have a wife and three young beautiful children. If I lost them and it appeared they were taken away because I followed Jesus, I still couldn't say that it cost me to follow Jesus. So there is no way I would consider it a cost to give money or time. This is something I now want to do. Some seem to be so close to our Lord but then speak of things like two natures and the great cost (money, time, ridicule) we will face. I have become so angry at some teachings like this and want to learn more. What are your thoughts about the "great cost" to us for following Jesus?
Excellent thoughts, bro! The whole push to "count the cost" comes from fleshly motivations because of the lack of resting in God's sufficiency. I've heard Luke 14:28 (KJV) used many times in "following Jesus" sermons.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28
The amazing thing is that we overlook the obvious point that if they were to sit down and calculate the cost they would realize that they didn't have enough to complete it! Look at the full passage and you'll see that Jesus preceeded the "following Me" with taking up a cross, which would have been seen as telling them that following Him would lead to the death of those condemned by both man and God. His message to man was simple: you don't have what it takes to follow Me. This only highlights the amazing reality of God's grace toward us in making us the righteousness of God and giving us His Spirit. It is no surprise that you now want to follow Jesus! :)