Remember this song – “I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus – no turning back, no turning back”? How well the author knew our human condition! The walk of faith can be hard and it can be challenging to stay the course.
Jesus knew well the cost of discipleship. He faced rejection and ridicule and was often outcast. When He spoke of man against father and daughter against mother, He was speaking of the possible opposition our faith may bring us. He knew it may come with a cost.
At times our commitment to our faith will cost us things. It may cost us relationships, a promotion at work, or the way we are called to do business may run counter to the world’s way and cost us customers or income. Jesus knew our faith may cost us.
Jesus wants us to choose Him. There will be no forcing us. It is a free choice. Maintaining our faith continues to be a free choice. But it is free in choice only. Are we willing to choose authentic faith and to gladly count the cost?
Scripture reference: Matthew 10: 34-39