Sometimes when I speak to people about discipleship I can see them thinking that this is going to be hard, take a lot of effort, or mean giving up a lot of things that are familiar and part of their way of coping with life. In short, this is going to cost.
I have never, even once, come across anyone who asks, ‘What will it cost me NOT to follow hard after God?’
So, just in case that question does ever flit across your consciousness, this is a quote I’d like you to ponder.
‘Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10)
The cross shaped yoke of Christ is after all an instrument of liberation and power to those who live in it with him and learn the meekness and lowliness of heart that brings rest to the soul..
The correct perspective is to see following Christ not only as the necessity it is, but as the fulfilment of the highest human possibilities and as life on the highest plane.’
Dallas Willard from The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives