Jesus’ Teachings on the Cost of Discipleship
Discipleship is a term commonly used in Christian settings in today’s world to refer to people who embrace the teachings of Jesus, help in the spread of the gospel and believe in God and all His doctrines. Jesus during His mission on earth commanded His followers to go and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
The cost of becoming a disciple of Christ is incomparably painful. Getting saved costs individuals no fee at all but then becoming a disciple of Christ calls for sacrifice and commitment. Contradictory as it may sound; Christ meant that an individual should commit all they have to God after receiving salvation. Jesus explained the price one pays to be a disciple in three dimensions.
Discipleship means owning nothing else apart from Jesus Christ. Despite teaching His disciples to love others, Christ also stated that we should give up on all to have Him fully. We should always love other people and obey them in the Lord except where they ask or make us sin against God. Allowing the family to have control of our relationship with God is a sin. Children should be wise to determine the situations that call for obedience and when they have to give up on family for the sake of God. Asking the wives to be submissive to their husbands is only applicable where righteousness is concerned but they are supposed to turn to Christ every time the men use submission as a tool to fall into sin.
The next step to being a disciple of Jesus Christ is carrying one’s cross. Jesus asked the followers to be happy in being associated with Him other than being part of the world. Jesus went through much suffering to bring salvation to mankind. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. Jesus’ disciples should avoid actions that result in breaking of the commandments.
The followers of Jesus should always strive for spiritual wealth. Jesus taught that one could never balance between serving God and taking care of material possessions. The disciples of Jesus should strive to have their treasures in heaven and not on earth. Christ should come first before earthly possessions.
Christ told His followers the stories of two young men to explain the impact of wealth on Christianity. The love for earthly treasure cost the man his position in the heavenly kingdom. The other wanted to follow Jesus but after burying his dead father but Christ told him to let the dead bury the dead.