There are great blessings in following Jesus but there is also a cost. In Matthew 8 we see a series of people claim they want to follow Jesus. And each time, we see Jesus confront them with the cost of that decision. Are they willing to follow Jesus when it means that they have no place to sleep or call home? Are they willing to put their allegiance to Jesus above any earthly connections?
These are questions for us as well. If Jesus is who he claimed to be, than he is worth following no matter what that means. I went to seminary with a woman whose family tried to kill her after she became a Christian. Yet she would say that following Jesus was still the best choice she ever made. For us, the cost begins with the on-going struggle against selfish, sinful impulses, as well as the continual battle to walk in obedience to God. But no matter what the cost, the surpassing greatness of Christ makes it all worth it.
Question of the day: What is the cost and reward for following Jesus?
God, our Father, we thank you for the amazing gift of your Son. Help me to recognize his surpassing worth over everything which this world can offer. Help me not to seek the easy road but the path of obedience. May your Spirit empower me to follow Jesus today and prioritize Him over all else. Amen.