Serving Christ has a cost but is a blessing now and for all eternity.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. (Luke 14:28-30 KJV)
Have you counted the cost of being God’s disciple? The price for following and serving The King of Kings and Lord of Lords does have a spiritual price tag but it is a minor matter compared to the overwhelming cost of sin incurred following after the god of this world.
God never sugarcoats or disguises the cost of serving Him and also reveals many exclusive blessing and rewards for those who choose to place their faith in following Him. Satan, however, is not upfront about the cost of aligning up to him in his dark brand of wickedness. At first it seems the cost of following after satan will very minimal and packed with all sorts of fun and pleasure. Then after a person has indulged in his darkness for a time; all the details and severe cost become quite apparent; but at this point most individuals are already covered or buried in the muck and mud of sin.
How many of you would build a house without first gathering the projected cost of all the materials, retaining financing, and attaining specific plans for your dream home? Most individuals would track down the tiniest of these details to ensure that their home building experience was pleasant and progressed forward with few hitches.
However, this same inquisitive approach does not always accompany man as he is confronted with a choice; to follow God in faith, or to follow after satan the god of this world. Often decisions are made on the fly, according to emotions, rather than basing sound decisions upon the solid Truth of God’s Word.