The Cost of Discipleship in Christianity
Being a Christian disciple comes with a variety of roles such as embracing the teachings of Jesus, helping in the spreading of the gospel and believing in God and all His doctrines. During His teachings to His followers, Christ commissioned the people to spread the teachings of Christian discipleship and baptize them as well. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
The cost of becoming a disciple of Christ is incomparably painful. Getting saved costs individuals no fee at all but then becoming a disciple of Christ calls for sacrifice and commitment. Contradictory as it may sound; Christ meant that an individual should commit all they have to God after receiving salvation. Christs used three elements to present His teachings on the cost of discipleship.
Discipleship means owning nothing else apart from Jesus Christ. By hating everything, Christ meant that we should not allow human beings come between us and God. Always let God come first in all activities we undertake. 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.
The next step to being a disciple of Jesus Christ is carrying one’s cross. Jesus used the term cross to refer to the daily control of the earthly desires and the willingness to bear the reproach of His name. Jesus went through much suffering to bring salvation to mankind. Human beings can only become disciples of Christ by undergoing similar conditions. Jesus’ disciples should avoid actions that result in breaking of the commandments.
Being a disciple of Jesus calls for zero interest in material wealth. Jesus taught that one could never balance between serving God and taking care of material possessions. 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. The disciples of Christ should never allow their riches on earth come between their relationship with God.
Jesus also used the stories of two people who wanted to become His disciples to emphasize the cost of discipleship. One of them was a very rich man but when Christ told him to give out all his wealth and follow him, he failed. The one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.