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.
Becomimg a follower of Jesus calls for patience and perseverance. In as much as Jesus died on the cross to bring salvation to humanity for free, discipleship comes with an extremely higher cost. Discipleship means giving up all we have for the sake of Jesus. 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. By hating everything, Christ meant that we should not allow human beings come between us and God. Always let God come first in all activities we undertake. Allowing the family to have control of our relationship with God is a sin. 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. 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.
The next step to being a disciple of Jesus Christ is carrying one’s cross. 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. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. No Christian should ever do anything that provokes persecution of Christ and suffering for the sake of Christianity should be on daily basis.
The followers of Jesus should always strive for spiritual wealth. 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. A Christian cannot just add Christ to their material possessions as a way of rounding up their spirituality.
Jesus used two young men to explain how family and riches can dictate the relationship with God. 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 one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.