Isaiah was a priest with cushy state-supported job. But he turned his back on prestige to become a prophet when God called.
Saul was a silver-spoon spoiled Hebrew kid with a Harvard-level education and a lucrative position with the Pharisees. He literally had it all. But he turned his back on power, wealth, and status when Jesus beckoned.
Life upgrades. They’re not the same as being bumped from coach to first class. In fact, a life upgrade can be costly … but the benefits are out of this world.
Or are they?
Here’s the Cost-Benefit list I used during the Life Upgrades sermon. Before you opt in to God’s plan for your life, it’s always best if you count the cost first … good advice that comes from Jesus himself in Luke 14:25-35.
- Change of career
- Loss of friends – and maybe family
- Persecution (no one’s going to understand)
- Loss of prestige
- An awareness of just how far you have to go
- Passion for life
- Confidence in purpose
- Permanent inner peace
- A Divine connection
- Out of this world retirement benefits
The question we all have to answer for ourselves is whether or not we’re willing to engage the process of discovering what Jesus is specifically calling us to do … to weigh that up … and to make a decision to follow or not. Either way, it’s a life-transforming decision every person must face.
Interested in exploring what God has in mind for you? Join us for the next Getting Started Class and the next Discovery Lunch. See the Calendar for our next event or find out more here.