Real commitment will cost you. The question is, are you willing to pay the price?

When professor Dr. Jim Denison was in college, he went on a summer mission trip to East Malaysia. While there, he worked in a small church. At one of the church’s worship services, a baptism had been planned for one of the teenage girls who attended. She had announced to the pastor and the church, in their custom, that she had decided to commit her life to Christ and wanted to be baptized. During the service, Jim noticed some worn-out luggage leaning against the back wall of the church building. After the service, he asked the pastor about it. The pastor pointed to the young lady that had just been baptized and said, “Her father told her that if she was ever baptized as a Christian, she could never come home again. So, she brought her luggage.”

That young lady was serious about committing her life, and the living of it, to Jesus Christ.

How about you?

Are your bags packed?

Are you willing to pay whatever the price is to follow Christ?

It’s a hefty cost, and Jesus described it for us succinctly …

“Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me’,” Luke 9:23.