The lost and the cost

The idea of becoming a disciple may seem attractive but being a disciple may seem difficult (Luke 14-16)

egypt shepherd with lamb

How many ways can it be said that Jesus urgently wants to draw in those who are not yet part of his flock? Those who are already gathered are OK, but Jesus expresses a great concern for those who are not yet gathered – the lost – whether it’s expressed as the lost sheep, the lost coin or the lost son. Many resources will be used to reach the lost, and there is great joy when a person who was ‘lost’ is found.

However, underneath the cost that Jesus is willing to expend in reaching in the lost is the expectation of the cost that Jesus expects His disciples to bear: Putting the interests of Jesus above all, the interests of others before your own interests, and the interests of the needy ahead of the interests of your friends. All this because in receiving Jesus’ invitation to follow Him, we should expect to be involved in the work He is doing.

The cost of discipleship is framed by two things: On the one hand, it is clear that just because you seem to be part of the crowd doesn’t mean you are a disciple. On the other hand, the cost of discipleship should not be too burdensome (Matt 11: 28-30)


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