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Is He worth studying the Word for? Are you willing to give up your free time and put your effort into studying God’s Word? “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 ).

Is He worth forsaking the world for? There are many allurements that the world seems to offer, are we really willing to give them up to be pleasing to Jesus? “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Is He worth losing friends and family for? Whom do you really want to please? “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.‟ “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:34-38).

Is He worth being persecuted for? Would you really be willing to suffer for the name of Christ? “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Is He worth denying yourself for? Are you really willing to give up your life for Christ? “Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).

Most people don’t mind claiming to be Christians when it doesn’t cost them anything. True Christians know it costs everything to follow Christ.

Brad Tolbert Monticello church of Christ, Monticello, AR

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