Part 2 of a “Rethinking Christianity” series…
Jesus warns in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
We dig deeper into this warning with teachings of Jesus to a multitude, where he tells them to go and count the cost before following Him, describing how difficult it will be to become His disciple. I am afraid that many people in today’s generation are being led to believe salvation comes without a cost or commitment, which is contradictory to the teachings of Jesus. Yes salvation is Freely available to all, but that does not mean that it does not come at a Price (sacrifice).
I use the example of a college scholarship to resolve this oxymoron of how something can be both Free yet come at a Cost. A college scholarship results in FREE college, but it definitely comes at a huge Cost (years of work in sports, academics, etc.). Few achieve a full scholarship, because few are willing to sacrifice for it, and the same goes for why Jesus says few will find the path to heaven… few are willing to sacrifice for Christ.
A true disciple of Christ (Christian) will be willing to give up absolutely anything for Christ – family, friends, job, possessions, etc. This is what He expects of us, because anything less would mean that He is not your Lord.