Bible Ballistics: BBs #179 Have You Counted The Cost???
We talked last time about the sufficiency of Jesus Christ to save and deliver from sin; I would like us to consider something more. While Jesus called us to follow Him, He also said his follower is to ‘take up his cross, and follow me”! There is a cost to following Jesus, and many haven’t considered what that cost is, and I believe that is one of the reasons we see so many who have at one time “claimed” to belong to Jesus walk away, or live in a manner that totally denies what they claim to believe. Let’s consider the context of “taking up my cross”.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross,
and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake
shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give
in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come
in the glory of his Father
with his angels;
and then he shall reward
according to his works.”
The call is to choose wisely. We can choose to save our own lives—which is what we’re doing when we live without Jesus Christ—or we can deny self, in repentance and faith take up the cross of Christ, and follow HIM! We can try to ‘save’ ourselves and loose it all, or we can allow Jesus to save us from sin and death and give us life—eternal life—now and in eternity. There really is only one right choice!!! One ‘life’!!!
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
Jesus came to bring life to those who were dead in their sin, and that’s all of us! These days in our culture we have accepted a gospel of ‘easy-believism’, we have become so eager to gain numbers, popularity, money, fame or whatever motivates people to pervert the Word of God, that we just “tickle” people’s ears to keep them on board.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
So what is the cost? What is the gospel? Well, we have an answer directly from scripture.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory
what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you
first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:”
1 Corinthians 15:1-5
The gospel is JESUS—He was crucified for “our sins”; He was buried (He didn’t swoon and revive—HE DIED); He rose on the third day; He was seen alive by many witnesses. And HE did all of this for us, and He did it all in fulfillment of what was prophesied in the scripture (The Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah) in regard to His first coming!!! And what is the cost for us? Repentance and faith in His atoning, substitutionary work of redemption—He paid my debt, and I must surrender (yield) me to Him, and take up HIS CROSS—I die to “me” and live to “Christ Jesus”.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As the old song says, “Jesus Paid It All”, and I’m so glad He did, yet my part is to ‘die’ to self daily, and ‘live’ by the power of the cross. Not moaning and groaning in my fleshly trials, but walking in confident, devoted and grateful obedience to my Lord’s command. His direction to me—I am to follow Jesus in all I am and all I do. So what’s the cost? Dying to self and living IN/FOR JESUS!!! How? By the power of the cross and the Holy Spirit.
“What? know ye not that
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you,
which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Have you counted the cost? Are you truly born again, or just talking about it? Are you taking up your cross and following Jesus each day, or going your own way? Following each moment? Following through the trials? Following through the joys? What do your choices reveal? Is Jesus living in YOU? Please, consider the cost, and the consequences of missing Jesus! I’m praying for YOU!!! Remember:
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:20-21
So??? Are you walking what you’re talking? Have you received the price that Jesus paid for YOU? It’s worth the cost!!! “All To Jesus, I Surrender”!!! It’s worth it!!!