Counting the Cost

Much of Christianity has a distorted view of discipleship. In our desire to see more people come to Christ, we may be guilty of offering a gospel that emphasizes the benefits of following Jesus while avoiding any mention of the cost involved. Since Christ didn’t sail through life without any challenges, why should we? For example, contrary to what many contemporary sermons suggest, following Jesus may not make your relationships better. It could become a source of contention because a true disciple’s love, devotion, and loyalty to Christ supersedes every other relationship. As Christians, we’ll frequently be tempted to compromise in order to avoid misunderstanding, criticism, rejection, or persecution. But as Christ’s followers, we are called to live a crucified life – and compromise undercuts the wholehearted nature of crucifixion. We cannot pursue the acceptance of the world and at the same time follow the Lord. Until we stand with both feet on the side of obedience, we forfeit assurance of God’s peace and blessings. Although discipleship is costly, the reward is great.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 3, 2019.



Ezekiel 7:19 describes sadness of people when they feel helpless and frightened.  In their distress, they realize the uselessness of the things that they had put their trust in.

Ignorance of the future is mankind’s terrifying reality, particularly in times of stress.  Understanding God (through Scripture) and placing your belief and trust in Christ allows you to ‘see’ God, who holds the future in His hands.

Trusting in ‘things’ is a costly mistake, since they cannot deliver us from trouble and instead often can bring trouble.  Mainly, as a result of keeping our focus OFF of God.  When this happens we can miss all of the real treasure that is meant for us, from God. When there is complete trust in Christ, there is no need to trust in anything else.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I lack.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

He renews my life;

He leads me along the right paths

for His name’s sake.

Even when I go through the darkest valley,

I fear no danger,

for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff-they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

as long as I live.