Pastor Kevin Williams
“Whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33). Followers of Christ may even have to leave behind family and friends (Luke 14:26). With such a great cost, why would anyone become a Christian?
Jesus told a brief story to make a point about the high cost of Christianity. He said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Do you see the high cost? This man sold all that he had in order to buy the field. So why did he make such a sacrifice? The treasure was extremely valuable. In other words, the gain far outweighs the sacrifice.
You see, Christ requires everything. You must come to Him empty-handed. You must turn your back on this world and follow Christ wherever He leads. But the sacrifice is worth it. In Jesus you will find mercy, love, grace, peace, and joy. He will give you eternal life. He will give your life meaning and purpose. There is no greater treasure than the Lord Jesus Christ. In a sense, it isn’t a sacrifice at all; it is all the wonderful grace of God.
The man who sold everything made the sacrifice with joy. He knew that his sacrifice was a good trade! Jesus said, “What profit is there if you gain the whole world yet lose your own soul” (Mark 8:36). So we must be clear when we encourage others to follow Jesus Christ. Yes, Christianity is costly, but it is well worth it! It is a wonderful gift of God that we receive by faith—a gift far better than anything this world can offer!
Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.