Jesus’ Teachings on the Cost of Discipleship
Being a Christian disciple comes with a variety of roles such as embracing the teachings of Jesus, helping in the spreading of the gospel and believing in God and all His doctrines. During His teachings to His followers, Christ commissioned the people to spread the teachings of Christian discipleship and baptize them as well. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
The cost of becoming a disciple of Christ is incomparably painful. 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.
Being a disciple of Christ means we give up on all our possessions, family and even ourselves. Despite teaching His disciples to love others, Christ also stated that we should give up on all to have Him fully. We should always love other people and obey them in the Lord except where they ask or make us sin against God. In this situation is where we now give up on Family and ourselves to have Jesus Christ fully in our lives. God asks human beings to obey their parents to live long on earth but this does not mean we cannot disobey them when they make us break the Lord’s commandments. Asking the wives to be submissive to their husbands is only applicable where righteousness is concerned but they are supposed to turn to Christ every time the men use submission as a tool to fall into sin.
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. Christ was crucified on the cross just to save the sinful human beings. Human beings can only become disciples of Christ by undergoing similar conditions. Jesus’ disciples should avoid actions that result in breaking of the commandments.
The final step of the cost of a Christian disciple is giving up on all material possessions for the sake of Christ. By losing material ownership for Christ means an individual can never equally serve two masters at ago without neglecting one. Becoming a Christian disciple means one has been brought on a price and they are not their own as they are now a slave of Christ who then owns everything. The disciples of Christ should never allow their riches on earth come between their relationship with God.
Christ told His followers the stories of two young men to explain the impact of wealth on Christianity. The love for earthly treasure cost the man his position in the heavenly kingdom. The other wanted to follow Jesus but after burying his dead father but Christ told him to let the dead bury the dead.