The Cost of Discipleship
Mike Schrage, Executive Director
The 23-year-old missionary shocked his listeners as he shared a recent baptism story. The young man submitting to Christ came with his face swollen and a tooth missing. His family and friends had physically tried to prevent him from choosing Christ, but he wasn’t deterred. He was “all in” for Jesus, no matter the cost.
The way we take confessions of faith in the U.S. is meaningful and important, and I’m moved when I see someone in our church being baptized. Nevertheless, I wanted to share with you the confession of faith the young missionary took from the new disciple reaffirming that his experience of getting into the water wouldn’t be the last difficult step he’d take as a believer. He asked:
Are you ready to . . .
– have more teeth knocked out for Jesus?
– have your bones broken?
– be unemployed?
– be considered an outcast by your family?
– lose your girlfriend?
Are you ready . . . ?
When the young man answered, “yes,” to these questions, he was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to receive the gift of the Spirit.
The Kingdom of God is growing. Just as there was a cost to count for our early Church fathers, there is a cost in 2015 for many throughout the world. Thank you for helping to encourage new believers and Christian workers around the world.