The True Cost of Following Jesus
Anybody here like to argue?
Do you rationalize that conflict is your spiritual gift?
I got in trouble a lot when I was growing up simply for arguing.
Sent to my room. Grounded. Disciplined. Some of us are just arguers.
Through the years, I’ve learned not to argue with Jesus.
Thankfully, He always knows best. I can trust Him.
The disciples were engaged in a heated argument that Matthew recorded in 18:2-3. Let’s take a look:
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18:2-3 NKJV).
When Jesus says to the disciples “you must be CONVERTED,” He’s not simply talking about a makeover. He’s talking about a total transformation—one that begins on the inside and permeates every part of our lives.
I can almost hear Jesus responding, “Quit concerning yourselves with whom will be the greatest in the kingdom and start focusing on whether you’ll even get in.”
Psychologically man-centered evangelicals tell you that Jesus gives you happiness, Jesus wants you in the place of importance, Jesus makes you a better real estate agent, and Jesus helps you make more touchdowns.
Jesus really wants to make you feel better about yourself.
He wants to elevate your self-image.
He wants to put an end to your negative thinking.
This is pop-psychology.
Notice this Scripture doesn’t mention anything about
improving your self-esteem,
being rich and successful,
or having your felt needs met—
that’s a sugar-coated gospel.
That’s Jesus Lite.
And that’s unbiblical.
This isn’t true Christianity.
True Christianity requires a conversion.
At least that’s what Jesus Himself said when He answered the disciples argument about who would be the greatest.
How much does it cost to follow Christ?
May we be disciples who give ALL to follow Christ.
THIS is true Christianity.