Encouragement for your daily walk with God
We humans tend to put a value on everything. How much we value someone or something affects the decisions we make. For example, if you value a certain type of meat enough, say prime beef over choice or standard, you’ll be willing to pay $15.00 per pound instead of $6.00 per pound. If you value winning a race enough, you’ll get up early every morning to train for it.
First things first, Christ highly values YOU! He went to the cross and poured out His blood to pay the price for YOUR [MY] sins. What is the value of that, you ask? Essentially, the aggregate of the wealth of all material things. Listen to Jesus explain it to His disciples:
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? [Matthew 16:26]
One day, Jesus told His disciples He must “suffer many things.” And that He did. But He did it for you—that you might be saved. For Jesus, it was a simple formula; lose His life or lose you. He valued you so highly that He gave His life for you!
Now comes the big question: What is Jesus’ worth to you? In light of Jesus’ statement that He must “suffer many things,” what are you willing to “suffer” in order to follow Him? Let me put it in a positive frame: follow Jesus at all costs! Carry whatever burden you must. Bear whatever cross you must bear. Lay aside the sin that so easily besets you. Forfeit whatever temporary pleasure you must in order to follow Jesus. That is being a Christ follower.
There’s an old hymn that says, “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!”
So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33