“Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee” (Mark 10:28). Peter and the other disciples left their job, family, and friends to follow Christ. Where He led, they followed.
It’s the will of God for every true believer in Christ to become a disciple of Christ. These two are not the same. Discipleship involves more than repenting of our sins and believing on Christ’s atoning death. To be a disciple of Christ, we must become followers of Him; more specifically, followers of His teachings.
But some believers will not embrace the call to discipleship. There are costs associated with being the Lord’s disciple. And some are not willing to pay such costs. But though it costs us something to follow Christ, we will receive more than we give up to do so. Hence, Jesus responded to Peter, “There is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time…and in the world to come eternal life” (vv. 29-30).
Jesus calls on each of us to deny ourselves, to take up our cross, and to follow Him. This is not the most popular message in the Christian church today. That’s because it costs us something to follow Christ. But the rest of the story is that the benefits always outweigh the costs.
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