Cost of Following Christ
Is it really worth it?” Some people today might ask the same thing. We have given up a lot — careers, families, jobs, status, pride — in our spiritual journey. Is it worth it? Is there some sort of reward in store for us?
Which basically means “welcome to a life of homelessness and costly sacrifice.”
Although Jesus knew He would die, it didn’t stop Him to show care, love and understanding to people, even to those who were responsible for his suffering. Until His last breath, as it is written in the Bible, Jesus was praying to God saying: “Father, forgive them, for they do not now what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Jesus shows compassion and forgiveness to those who wished for His death and this is another thing that we learn from Him- the aptitude to forgive, as he says: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Jesus teaches us not to live with the weight of hate or torment, for it will cause us to suffer more.
In the end, having Jesus means gain, like Paul says: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8)
The Holy Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan House, 1984. Print.
Matthew 5:44 King James Version
Luke 23:34 King James Version