Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Luke 18:28-30 NKJV)
Following Jesus does require a cost but it’s a small one. Even though it may not seem like it, it is! The rich young ruler thought that Jesus was asking too much when He told him to give up his money. Of course the young man thought it was too much because his heart was tied to it. And Jesus tells us to do the same- to give up the things our hearts are tied to. Because He wants our hearts for Himself! He deserves it!
Maybe it’s not money He’s asking you for but your love of food, or your job, or your things, or your family or whatever. Like Abraham we must obey and sacrifice whatever God asks of us no matter how precious or how long we waited for it. No matter how we got it and how much we think we need it; whatever it is, we must give it up! We must pay the cost!
But it’s a small cost! Our time each morning before we go about our day- it’s a small cost! Our TV time and our tastes in things that entertain us- it’s a small cost! Our habits and pleasures- it’s a small cost! Our sleep and comfort- it’s a small cost! Whatever He is asking you for- it’s a small cost?
How is it a small cost? Because Jesus promises that everyone who gives up these things for His sake, everyone who follows the promptings of His Word and Holy Spirit, will recieve not only eternal life but many times more in this present life! Many times more and eternal life! The cost is small because of what you’re getting in return for it! Treasure that’s eternally valuable! Exponentially profitable! Treasure that lasts forever and starts right here and now!
So the cost now is small! The cost now is minimal! The cost now is so much easier than the cost later of missing out! Pay the cost! What are you waiting for? For the longer you wait the harder it gets, and you don’t want to miss this!