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Most people have the wrong idea about the cost of discipleship. When Bonhoeffer first coined the phrase, it was a helpful corrective to a very nominalistic faith. But nowadays the phrase “cost of discipleship” stirs up images of spiritual heroes: those who’ve heeded the call and have become a special elite kind of Christian. The Few. The Proud. The Disciples.
We come by it honestly, of course. We hear Jesus say, “Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:33), and it seems obvious that this call to be a disciple is a BIG DEAL. Giving up everything?! Amazing!
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The cost of discipleship seems to be very high, and it’s a big sacrifice to say yes. But I contend that the cost of discipleship is actually a lot “lower” than most people think.
The cost of discipleship is also about what you gain.
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Why is the cost of discipleship lower than we might think? Because, like any value proposition, you have to compare the cost with the benefit.
The cost of discipleship is lower than most people think, because the benefits of discipleship are actually much higher than most people realize!
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You have to add up what you gain, not just what you lose. It’s like the man in Jesus’ parable:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field (Matthew 13:44).
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