I recently sat down for an early morning latte with a friend at Starbucks. Ordered the usual: 1 pump Vanilla latte. My receipt read $3.39. That’s nothing in comparison to the amount spent by a guy in Washington who ordered the most expensive Starbucks drink. Single cup of jazzed-up coffee: roughly $47. I just want to know, did the barista add gold leafing to the rim? And where did these beans come from?
Pondering the cost while at Starbucks with a friend brought me to the conclusion that there are some costs WORTH making (that momentary drink was not one of them).
Being a follower of Jesus comes at a cost to us.
Following is defined as a movement toward something. And as you take a step toward something, you inevitably take a step away from something else.
Whispering a ‘Yes’ to Jesus looks like picking up your feet and moving closer to Him. It’s action. Your step toward Him is a step away from other heroes.
This foot journey is not about a religious quest to outweigh our bad with our good. God’s not looking for us to check off some heavenly list. Have we done our duties of reading the Bible and prayed with a timer going? This following is a journey of the heart.
And it’s a cost worth making.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 is profound. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Eternity is within you, like a magnet drawing you toward Jesus with every movement. I’ve found that my following of Jesus is best described as a dance, not a chase. I’m not a perfect dancer, but I have a perfect Partner. Jesus is my heart’s leader. Where and when He says go, I go. Even if I trip on my own feet! Because His name is Grace, I know He won’t give up on me. Not once.
I’m not chasing a hidden figure I have to squint to see in the fog, hoping to catch a glimpse of His footprints. His face is forever turned toward me since that second when I admitted I needed this Savior. He is much closer than we think.
We follow because we want to be where He is going. We want to know what He is doing. Counting the cost of leaving other things behind when I follow in His direction, it’s unquestionably worth it.