Inside Jesus Christ

Issues to Consider Before You Commit

This site was created and is maintained by an evangelical. That may surprise you. After all, as a believer in Jesus Christ, why would I do this? Because as an evangelical, I’ve struggled through an enormous number of trials and made a huge number of mistakes. These painful experiences have given me a deep appreciation of the Lord’s warning spoken in the gospel of Luke:

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple[1]

Yes, the Lord Himself warned potential followers that the cost of following Him was very high. Now, “cost” does not necessarily mean just money, but the loss of anything you find precious. This not only refers to physical items, such as money, but health and life, also. Then there are the psychological tolls of suffering for Jesus. The list goes on…

The above passage of scripture has two connotations:

·       Jesus warned of a coming Day of Judgment elsewhere. Many prophecies had been spoken about that Day. His hearers, all Jews, would be familiar with the warning. A point He was making above was that, since you can’t get to heaven apart from Him, consider the cost of NOT accepting His offer of Lordship.

·       The Lord gave many warnings, like the one in the gospel of Luke above, about the incredible costs of being a disciple of His. Thus, you should also consider the cost of ACCEPTING Him and becoming one of His disciples.

Except for the items on the Introduction menu, each menu item has been identified as an important matter of life. The Lord may want you to change – or try to change – some of these areas. While He is willing to help, you must both be willing and play your part. You can see what they are by reading all the menu items. In case it’s not obvious, some changes can be very difficult to endure.

Based on the gospel passage above, I’ve concluded that it is unethical to not forewarn anyone considering Jesus Christ about the potential sufferings and losses. Therefore, I contend the following: 

    • A material omission is as bad as a lie. Any pastor or evangelist that avoids this issue is deceiving you, regardless of their view on the subject of suffering.  
    • You owe it to yourself to understand the various types of sacrifice and suffering the Lord Jesus will call on you to make BEFORE you commit to Him.

If you decide to become a Christian, then when the trials come—and they will—you won’t reject the Lord in some spontaneous fury, thereby forfeiting your salvation.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Lk 14:27–33). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.