Counting The Cost

being-a-follower-of-Jesus1Our decision to follow hard after God brings about other decisions, later in life, that will be difficult to make. God presents us with a better quality of life, in terms of eternity, wherein He makes us an offer we simply cannot refuse. However, as we begin to see changes within ourselves over time, we also begin to notice changes in others as well. How do we reconcile the fact that not everyone is going to be in full support of the life changes that are brought about as a result of serving God?

Heartbreak-Reason-Season-Lifetime-Quote-PQ-0069-2012-TNUnless those with whom we are close have made a conscious decision to follow after God, it will, sometimes, be difficult to maintain those relationships. It does not mean that we are sever all ties with those whom have not chosen to live for God. One thing is for certain, our worldview and their worldview will become different as we continue “to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). There will also be times wherein our faith may be challenged as we begin to subscribe less to behaviors that we used to engage in previously. Those with whom we used to associate will not completely understand these life changes (1 Cor. 2:14).

youve-changedGod has called us to live lives that will honor Him. Sometimes it calls for us to lose some relationships. Sometimes it calls for us to lose things. The cost is great, but the rewards are priceless. What God gives to us in exchange for what we have surrendered to Him is far more valuable than anything this world has to offer. It is well worth the moments of difficulty we experience while we are here on earth. Why? Because, as Paul says,

“…our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).

focus on what you have to gainUpon the initial engagement of the situation, it may appear to be difficult; but, as time continues to move forward, we realize that it will be worth it all in the end…#‎thinkonthesethings‬


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18 thoughts on “Counting The Cost

  1. When we start living in alignment or at least getting more aware in this direction we change, our vibration changes. Some people will leave and some will change their attitude towards us. Since we change we detach from the need to fulfill other people’s demands and expactions in order to feel worthwhile. We feel worthwhile and start living our own life. The greatest liberation of all! Great Post!

    1. People and things can hold us back from the greater things that God has prepared for us only if we allow them to do so. If we are not adding value to each other’s lives, then we should be mature enough to dismiss ourselves.

  2. Like you said, they have to be equally committed to it and I suppose that’s why I have been alone so long. But I think I prefer that to having to explain/fight? about where I’m going/what I’m doing.

  3. Good stuff as usual Sean!! Reminded me of yesterday’s morning family devotion: Galatians 1:10 (NKJV)

    For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

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