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 gave the disciples the power to make more disciples across the globe and carry out baptism as well. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
Jesus Christ taught His disciples and the entire world that the journey to Christianity is difficult and calls for sacrifice. Getting saved costs individuals no fee at all but then becoming a disciple of Christ calls for sacrifice and commitment. Discipleship means giving up all we have for the sake of Jesus. Jesus explained the price one pays to be a disciple in three dimensions.
Jesus taught that becoming a disciple means hating everything including one’s family and self. By hating everything, Christ meant that we should not allow human beings come between us and God. We should always love other people and obey them in the Lord except where they ask or make us sin against God. When Our thoughts or family drag us away from God, we should give up on them and follow Christ. 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.
Jesus taught that for one to be His follower, they must leave all the wishes for earthly things and follow Him. Jesus asked the followers to be happy in being associated with Him other than being part of the world. Jesus suffered humiliation and rejection on our behalf on the journey to salvation. The cost of discipleship teaches that we all have to pass through the same treatments so as to be called Children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ. No Christian should ever do anything that provokes persecution of Christ and suffering for the sake of Christianity should be on daily basis.
The final step of the cost of a Christian disciple is giving up on all material possessions for the sake of Christ. Material wealth is slow poison to spiritual riches. The followers of Christ should always strive to ensure they own sufficient wealth in their home which is not on earth. Christ should come first before earthly possessions.
Jesus also used the stories of two people who wanted to become His disciples to emphasize the cost of discipleship. One of them was a very rich man but when Christ told him to give out all his wealth and follow him, he failed. The one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.