Being a Christian disciple comes with a variety of roles such as embracing the teachings of Jesus, helping in the spreading of the gospel and believing in God and all His doctrines. Jesus during His mission on earth commanded His followers to go and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Any teaching on Christian discipleship cannot end without the mention of Jesus Christ just like Wood Science and Todd Shupe.
The cost of becoming a disciple of Christ is incomparably painful. In as much as Jesus died on the cross to bring salvation to humanity for free, discipleship comes with an extremely higher cost. Being a Christian means we only on Christ and nothing else on top of it. Christs used three elements to present His teachings on the cost of discipleship.
Jesus taught that becoming a disciple means hating everything including one’s family and self. Despite teaching His disciples to love others, Christ also stated that we should give up on all to have Him fully. Human beings should never be allowed to dictate the kind of relationship we have with our Creator. Allowing the family to have control of our relationship with God is a sin. Children should be wise to determine the situations that call for obedience and when they have to give up on family for the sake of God. Women should only be obedient to their husbands in righteousness.
Christ also listed giving up on earthly desires as the price an individual pays for following Him. Jesus asked the followers to be happy in being associated with Him other than being part of the world. Christ was crucified on the cross just to save the sinful human beings. Human beings can only become disciples of Christ by undergoing similar conditions. Jesus’ disciples should avoid actions that result in breaking of the commandments.
The followers of Jesus should always strive for spiritual wealth. Material wealth is slow poison to spiritual riches. The followers of Christ should always strive to ensure they own sufficient wealth in their home which is not on earth. The disciples of Christ should never allow their riches on earth come between their relationship with God.
Jesus used two young men to explain how family and riches can dictate the relationship with God. The rich young man would not sacrifice his riches for the sake of God. The other wouldn’t leave his dead father and follow Christ.