Jesus Gives Us Eternal Life – There Is A Cost Involved To Follow Him

There is a cost involved in most everything. If someone joins a civic group, there is a cost. If someone wants to lose weight and get in shape, there is a cost.. the person may join a gym or hire a trainer. These are just two examples. There is a cost involved in most everything and there is a cost involved in serving God.
Go to the book of Numbers with me. Because God took the firstborn of the Egyptians when the death angel passed over the land, God told Israel their first-born would be dedicated to the Lord. But, instead of taking the first-born, God set aside the Levites to replace the first-born. The Levites would serve in the tabernacle.
God told Israel, regarding the Levites; “Of all the people of Israel, the Levites are reserved for me. I have claimed them for myself in place of all the firstborn sons of the Israelites; I have taken the Levites as their substitutes. For all the firstborn males among the people of Israel are mine, both of people and of animals. I set them apart for myself on the day I struck down all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. Yes, I have claimed the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel” (Numbers 8:16-19).
So, Israel’s freedom from Egypt cost them their first-born but God, replaced the first-born with the Levites. Accepting Jesus as Savior and living for Jesus cost us. We give our lives to Christ in order to be saved… to be forgiven of our sins. When we give our lives to Christ, Jesus owns us. Jesus expects us to serve Him.
This should lead all of us to evaluate our lives. Is it costing us to follow Christ? It should. We re-order our lives… re-prioritize our lives to serve God.
Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
God took the Levites in exchange for the first-born of Israel. God wants us to follow Him and serve Him because His Son died on the cross for our sins.

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