The Cost of Discipleship

And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:34-36

With flames raging behind her, Tracinda Foxe held her newborn son out the third floor window of her Bronx apartment, trying to get air into his tiny lungs. The fire was getting hotter and her baby’s only chance of survival was for Tracinda to drop her son from the window. She prayed, “God, please save my son.” Then, she let him go. The one-month-old fell thirty feet through freezing air and, miraculously, landed safely in the arms of a man who, oddly enough, played catcher for the local baseball team!

Just as that baby lived because the mother let him go, we will find true life in Jesus Christ when we surrender to the cost of discipleship. By faith, we let go of ourselves and entrust ourselves completely to Him. The same Lord Jesus who saved us is also able to take our surrendered lives and transform them for His kingdom and glory.

In Mark, chapter 8, Jesus places everything in the world on a balance. He piles up all the world’s money, education, power, pleasure, achievement, and glory on one side until the scales are groaning under the weight. Then, just one soul is placed on the other side of the scales. Instantly, one soul tips the scales. Your soul is infinitely more valuable than the combined treasures of the entire universe!

That’s why it’s so important for your soul to be saved. Jesus says that our souls are saved when we lose our lives for His sake. This means denying ourselves – saying no to our own desires and will. It means taking up our cross – dying to our old lives. It means following Jesus – totally surrendering to His lordship. Growing faith in Christ is a complete trust of all that we are to all that Jesus is.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!