“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” --Luke 14:33
We paid $119 to adopt Lexi from the Humane Society—but it costs much more than that to own a dog. Estimates range from $1000-$10,000 for the first year and up to $40,000 over a lifetime. Expenses include food and medical care; training, grooming, and boarding; treats, toys, doggie bags, collars, leashes, food bowls, a dog bed, a crate, etc…. It’s a big investment. What does it cost to follow Christ? We pay nothing for salvation, which is a gift “freely given” by God (Ephesians 1:6). But the cost of discipleship is high. In fact, it’s everything we have. Now that’s a big investment. Fortunately, we’ve invested in a bank that can’t go bankrupt (Luke 12:33, The Message). Our investment in Lexi is repaid with a happy, healthy, loving companion. Our investment in Jesus is repaid with the companionship of Christ.
Dear God, Teach me to shoulder the cost of discipleship. Amen