When I was a child and I received God’s free gift. I thought this meant that following him would be easy. For there are many Christians that believe that following Jesus means nothing bad will ever happen to you. This is not reality. Jesus even address this very issue.
Following Christ almost always comes at a cost. When I was younger I often followed Christ blindly not really understanding there could/ would be a cost. For just as Jesus paid the cost, so we too pay a cost.
What is the cost? Often we do not know until after we have paid it. Jesus paid the cost in the form of suffering and eventual death. I have paid the cost of following God on more than one occasion. It is never easy. But it is worth it. God never forgets the cost and he will pay us in full. It does not always come in the way we hoped or imagined but God never abandons his children when we choose to follow him.
“Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Luke 14:25-33
We should not live in fear of the cost. We should not let this keep us from making the hard choice of following Jesus. But we also should not blindly rush into things that lead us to places we pay a cost in vain. Planning is not a sign of lack of faith. Rather planning, listening to Godly wisdom and seeking council are a sign of maturity. At the end of the day we walk by faith but God also gives us brains and giftings for a reason. Let’s live our lives walking by faith but also use wisdom to minimized the damage and cost.