Two little words: “Follow me.” Sounds simple enough. But when your back’s against the wall the cost sometimes seems too high.
And it is high. Jesus didn’t mince words. Make-nice, smiling suburban Jesus he’s not. 23 times in the New Testament Jesus beckoned people to follow him. He also made it clear that it wasn't easy.
"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it." Matthew 7:13-14
"If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it." Matthew 10:37-39
Basically he said we need to be willing to walk away from everything we hold dear — lose our life — to follow him. Could he really mean that? Yes. What would that mean for you? What things or people do you hold most dear?
"If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
So is it worth it? Can you afford it? Put another way, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36 ESV) You decide. The choice is yours.