The Cost of Following Jesus

  • Matthew 4:18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
  • Matthew 4:21-22 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
  • Matthew 8:21-22 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
  • Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Following Jesus comes at the cost of our personal plans, of pleasing ourselves, and others. Not everyone was ready to give up everything like Peter, Andrew, John, James and Matthew as per the above-noted scriptures. The rich man called Jesus “Teacher” and asked what he needed to do to get eternal life. Jesus told him to sell all he had and give to the poor and he would have treasure in heaven. Jesus said: “Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21). He went away sad because he had great wealth. Where is your treasure because that’s where your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)?

How to follow Jesus regardless of the cost:
  1. You have to know that God has plans for your life and they are good (Jeremiah 29:11). If you don’t believe this, you’ll never be able to trust His direction and you’ll set your own course throughout your life. Make a choice to involve God in your decisions. Listen to Him. Understand the plans He has for your life and follow His leading. The cost of following Him means you’ll put aside what you want and others want and you’ll obey Him.
  2. You have to know that God will never leave you nor forsake you because there are times He’ll ask you to do things that you won’t be able to do in your own ability. You’ll have to trust that He’ll be there to do the rest.
  3. Know that there are rewards for obedience. You will have a deeper intimacy with Him. Obedience shows your Father you can be trusted. When you show yourself faithful in little things, He gives you greater responsibilities.
  4. Choose Jesus above everyone and anything else. Jesus said in Matthew 10:37: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Call to action:
Whenever Jesus calls you to do something, just do it. Don’t talk yourself out of it, don’t debate it, just do it. There are rich rewards for obedience. If it’s an important or life-changing direction, you can ask Him to confirm His instruction.