How Much Should You Tell Men About the Cost to Become a Disciple?
If men knew what Jesus actually said about the cost of discipleship what would happen?
First, what does it cost to be a disciple of Christ? Jesus said, “If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, more than your own life. Otherwise you cannot be my disciple. And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me…So no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me” (Luke 14:26-27, 33).
Notice three things required to be a disciple…
1. To love Jesus more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and yourself
2. To carry your own cross and follow Jesus
3. To give up everything for Jesus
Given the high cost of discipleship, it should not surprise us that a) many leaders are afraid to tell their men the cost of following Jesus or b) once told, many men are unwilling to pay the price of becoming a disciple.
However, whenever a leader sets the bar low he inevitably gets a low response. But when a leader sets the bar high he gets a high response. Bruce Barton said, “Jesus brought forth man’s greatest response not by the promise of rewards, but obstacles.” Jesus set the bar high…real high. And he changed the world.
How much should we tell men about the high cost of discipleship? Set the bar high for your men. Ask them to step up and stop being a sissy. If you tell me how much is demanded of me, will I wimp out? Not if I really want to be a disciple. Instead I will be inspired to live for Jesus out to the tips of my fingers.
Tell your men exactly what Jesus says about becoming his disciple. Let the Word “sit” there and do its work. Sure, some will shrink back, but were they ever really that close? Others, though, will step up to the plate because the words of Jesus inspire them. And they will help you change your church and community with the gospel.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,