When Jesus spoke to His followers, He did not hide the intent of His message. He wasn’t afraid to lose half-hearted followers. Why? Because Jesus knew He offered something to believe in. Something to sell out to.
He spoke a parable to His disciples in Matthew 13 that offered a picture of what He expects:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure in the field. Jesus relays that if you don’t own the field where that treasure is, you must sell all and buy that field. The essence of what Christ is saying is that what He offers is worth selling out for. Too often in today’s Christianity, we want the best of both worlds. We want to have the field, but get it without giving up everything. Many people today, seek to have eternal life, without giving their whole life to Christ.
Jesus expects us to sell out our lives to Him. To lay down our own ambitions and agendas and to take up His cross and follow Him. Why do we fail at this? Because it is not easy. Jesus said we must count the cost of following Him. It costs something, but He guarantees us an abundance of blessings if we follow Him whole-heartedly. If we give up our lives, He gives us His life back. What a trade!