Our men's ministry at church recently watched the movie "Insanity of God." In the movie the question was posed "Is Jesus worth it?" Now for some, who have graciously taken the time to read this, that question may sound silly. However, in light of what following Jesus costs, to most of the world it is a pertinent question. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-39:
"34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
Jesus was straightforward with the cost of following Him. It means loving Him above all, and our true loyalties will show in time as we collide with this fallen world. In the movie we saw a man lose his son by an asthma attack that may or may not have been prevented if he and his family were not on the mission field. We heard stories of men who lost everything following Jesus. Men and women who were taken from their families and thrown in prison. The overwhelming response from each of these was Jesus is worth it. Why is Jesus worth it? Why is Jesus worth the loss of a child, of one's freedom by being in prison, and even torture and death. Jesus is worth it because He is the King who created us. He is the Savior who redeems. He is the treasure of treasures. He is worth more than life. He is the bringer of eternal life and the corrector of all evil in this world. In eternity we as the church will see His immeasurable glory and worth as we dwell with Him on the New Earth never knowing sorrow, sickness, suffering, or death again. Jesus is worth any and all suffering that accompanies our faith journey, and He calls His people to see His worth by loving Him above even the closest earthly relationships we have, our physical family. His demand to follow Him is an all in faith and trust. Remember to our brethren being persecuted He is worth it. He is worth it. Following Jesus means forsaking this world. Is He worth that to you? Anything less than yes to Jesus is unacceptable.