Jesus said that we are to go into all the world and make disciples. Being a disciple of Jesus includes counting the cost.

Luke 14:28–30 tells us: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (NKJV).

Being a true follower of Jesus Christ is not easy.

If you are a spiritual baby, then just go home to Mommy! But if you want to be a real man or woman of God and you want your life to matter, then come on!

This passage is a reminder that the Christian life is not a playground but a battleground! I won’t lie to you. It costs to follow Jesus, especially in this day and age. If you are a true Christian, you will be branded as intolerant, narrow-minded, a fanatic, a Bible-thumper, and a Jesus Freak.

Jesus told us this would happen. He said that if they hated Him, they would hate us too (John 15:18). But He also promised us that He would bless those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10).

This is why Jesus tells us we must count the cost to follow Him.

There are people who will make impulse purchases. That’s why they offer you free credit cards, even though you do not qualify. They are banking on the fact that you will be tempted to buy something now, and then spend the rest of your life paying off the high interest charges.

Many people get married before counting the cost, rushing through without really getting to know each other. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage and half shut after.”

In the same way, some will make commitments to follow Jesus without counting the cost.

It’s more than worth the cost, but don’t make an impulsive commitment to do this. Don’t follow Jesus just because your friends do. Count the cost and make your own commitment.

Yes, it costs to follow Jesus. But do you know what? It costs a whole lot more not to.

Whatever you give up to follow Him will be more than made up to you. It’s God’s trade-in deal.

Jesus said, “Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first” (Mark 10:29–31 MSG).