The Cost of Being A Disciple


The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The below verses–beginning with Luke 14–are the opposite of 1 Timothy 6:

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness:from such withdraw thyself.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Luke 14:

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross,andcome after Me, cannot be My disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost [of being a disciple–we no longer worship in a building made by hands–Acts 7:48], whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

Matthew 16:24  

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [be denying the soul], and take up his cross [taking up his cross], and follow Me.

John Bevere:

The rich young ruler
Mark 10:21
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.

“If we die to our own lusts, agendas, and ambitions, then we will never have a conflict in obeying God.

Wow! Did you see that? This man came running to Jesus, knelt down, and fervently asked how to inherit eternal life…What desireWhat passionWhat enthusiasmYet Jesus’ response to this seeker caused him to walk away sad and sorrowful.
Can you imagine Jesus doing this today in our “seeker friendly” church culture?
We’ve taken the Cross out of salvation and offered its benefitsNotice Jesus didn’t say to this upstanding citizen, ‘All you have to do is believe in Me [in Me is the gospel, not the gospel of the Kingdom, which is Christ in you]; believe that I am the Savior, and you will receive what you seek—eternal life.’ No, He didn’t do what has become so common today because Jesus was well versed in eternal judgment and punishment: ‘His delight is in the fear of the Lord.” (Isa. 11:3).

Driven by Eternity—Making Your Life Count Today & Forever, pp. 138-140 John Bevere

End of John Bevere

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