"Dude, you have just been through the ringer with your family. Your little girl has a beat up little heart. You've cried tears measured in buckets. And now you're going to go directly into the rigors and hardship of Church Planting?! Shouldn't you find something a little more stable and secure? How can you do this to yourself...to your family?"
This might be your thought. It's been my thought.
And yet I sit here...in many ways beat up, broken and weary...and all I can say is How Can We NOT do this?
Let me be very clear...THE COST OF OBEDIENCE IS HIGH. Trust me, it's nearly cost our daughter. And the thing that God is calling you to is going to cost you in some way too. The more time I've spent in the Scripture the more adamant I am in saying this: If the Gospel isn't costing you, it probably isn't the Gospel.
For some of you the cost of obedience will drastically change your finances, your location, your vocation, your schedule, your parenting, your marriage, your priorities, your hobbies, your attitude, your relationships, etc. The cost of following Jesus is high.
They didn't tell me that. They said Jesus loves me. That Jesus gives me Heaven and takes away Hell. That Jesus gives me purpose. That Jesus' burden is light and His yoke is easy. That Jesus forgives my sins. But what they left out?
Oh yeah, by the way...following Jesus will demand your very life. Following Jesus will reorient your affections so that all things submit to Him. That following Jesus costs.
What's the Gospel costing you?
For me, it is costing me security (but I've never felt more secure), safety (but I've never felt more safe), and certainy (but I've never been so sure).
Friends, I say it one more time with every ounce of passion and energy I can muster: THE COST OF OBEDIENCE IS HIGH!
But be certain...
The COST OF DISOBEDIENCE IS HIGHER.
Choose this day whom you will serve. Because half-hearted and luke warm are failing.