Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Cost of Discipleship


Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo.  A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don't always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth.   ~ Francis Chan

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  Luke 14:26-27

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”  But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”  Matthew 8:19-22

Have you considered the cost?


Many blessings,

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24 comments:

  1. There is definitely a cost, though we in America don't pay nearly the cost as our brothers and sisters in countries where they are truly persecuted.

    Bless you!
    Beth

    http://mydestinysharinghope.com/

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  2. I would rather be scorned by men then lose the peace that passes all understanding.

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  3. Great verses! There is a cost but I will gladly pay it because it is nothing compared to what Christ paid for me!

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  4. We need to continually remember that roses have thorns.
    Rain falls on the good and the evil
    And shall the servant not suffer as did the master.

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  5. Love Francis Chan! Love Jesus even more! I want to seek Him about all else. :)

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  6. The cost seems heavy here, but the eternal value is priceless!

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  7. Beth, you're right. The cost of discipleship is not nearly as high here as it is in other countries. But there is still a cost. We are called to leave everything to follow Christ. And the more we have, the harder that can be.

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  8. I thought of how christians compromise within their own families to have comfort. we gossip and backbite. When taking a stand and doing right would reap love for eachother.
    May we carry the cross even in our own homes.

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  9. Hi Lisa - Love the quote - this is quite a tough one, because who wants to pay a price really. But at the end of the day, we need to take a stand - no matter the cost! After all, Jesus gave His life for us!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  10. a great message! Just ran across Francis Chan a few weeks ago and love how he delivers the message. I have a book on my kindle by him, Erasing Hell. sounds like it will be a great read! Enjoyed my visit to your blog!

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  11. Lisa,

    The cost is high, the journey at times unknown and scary, but the reward at the end is worth it. I love the scriptures you included today.

    Blessings Lisa!

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  12. Hi Lisa. Following Jesus does come at a cost but I have heard...the benefits are out of this world!! I would never trade it for my old life.

    Blessings in Him...Chelle

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  13. Wonderful, powerful and somewhat convicting verses you've chosen today Lisa. Walking with Christ absolutely comes with a cost, but in the end it's the only purchase that matters.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  14. most people I know think I'm weird! lol.. i love that first quote you posted! I haven't heard it before!

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  15. I love the quote and all of the verses you chose. Counting the cost is so important.

    joy & blessings,
    Alida

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  16. Love me some Chan and the cost is worth it...for what are we without Him?

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  17. Hi Lisa,
    The cost is defiantly worth it, as Paul said "Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."
    Great post and thank you for sharing,
    Ken

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  18. Love this Lisa! Love the Francis Chan quote! I needed to be reminded today what obsession for God looks like!:)

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  19. Your words convict me. I love my Savior and Lord but know that I am often playing it safe. I love the quote by Frances Chan. Thanks for this post.

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  20. I play it safe. I'm getting out of my comfort zone, but still... Great post

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog hop Lisa! Those are some convicting verses. The older I get the more I realize the cost and I want more than anything to follow Jesus.
    Thanks again!
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

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  22. Hi Lisa! Thanks for dropping by my site and leaving your heartwarming comment.
    I've written similar aricles about the cost of following Christ. You might be interested to have a peek? http://rinaperu.com/2011/05/11/the-cost-of-following-christ/ and http://rinaperu.com/2011/07/27/staying/.
    I'll be browsing around your site.
    Blessings,
    Rina

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  23. Just love Francis Chan. Always encouraging, bold, faith filled, Spirit led, life surrendering to God! Good Stuff! ~ jen

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