Jesus’ Teachings on the Cost of Discipleship
Discipleship is a term commonly used in Christian settings in today’s world to refer to people who embrace the teachings of Jesus, help in the spread of the gospel and believe in God and all His doctrines. Jesus during His mission on earth commanded His followers to go and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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. He added that to receive salvation is free but after that, it costs the saved person’s life. Being a Christian means we only on Christ and nothing else on top of it. Christs used three elements to present His teachings on the cost of discipleship.
Jesus taught that becoming a disciple means hating everything including one’s family and self. 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. 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.
Christ also listed giving up on earthly desires as the price an individual pays for following Him. He encouraged the disciples to have the urge to be part of Him. Jesus went through much suffering to bring salvation to mankind. The cost of discipleship teaches that we all have to pass through the same treatments so as to be called Children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ. 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. Material wealth is slow poison to spiritual riches. 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.
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 one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.