The Cost of Discipleship: Mark 8:34-38
“34) And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35) For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36) For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37) For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38) For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”” Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭34‬-‭38‬ ‭
This is sometimes referred to as the “Cost of Discipleship.” To be a follower of Jesus Christ means we lay our lives down to serve Him. He becomes Lord, we become servant.
These verses are a far cry from the “easy believism” often associated with Christianity today, The wrongful message today is that you are lord of your life and dreams and Jesus is your servant. You can live and do whatever you please as long as you say you believe in Jesus.
But Jesus said; “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
I challenge you to study these five verses and count the cost of discipleship! It is a terrible thing to gain the world and forfeit your soul. Don’t waste your life on fun, games, hedonism and pleasure. Rather invest your life in Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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