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 during His mission on earth commanded His followers to go and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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. He added that to receive salvation is free but after that, it costs the saved person’s life. Contradictory as it may sound; Christ meant that an individual should commit all they have to God after receiving salvation. Christ also demonstrated the cost of becoming a Christian disciple in three steps as discussed below.
Jesus taught that becoming a disciple means hating everything including one’s family and self. A Christian should not allow other people to make them sin. 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. Women should only be obedient to their husbands in righteousness.
Jesus taught that for one to be His follower, they must leave all the wishes for earthly things and follow Him. He encouraged the disciples to have the urge to be part of Him. Jesus went through much suffering to bring salvation to mankind. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. The followers of Jesus should always keep the commandments of God.
The final step of the cost of a Christian disciple is giving up on all material possessions for the sake of Christ. Jesus taught that one could never balance between serving God and taking care of material possessions. The disciples of Jesus should strive to have their treasures in heaven and 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 other wouldn’t leave his dead father and follow Christ.