The COST of Gaining ONE
BuildingÂ the Kingdom is full time. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, we should be building the Kingdom. But, that always comes at a cost. Living and loving for the Kingdom takes sacrifice and the willingness to be misunderstood or rejected. Many of us aren’t willing to pay that price, well…because it hurts!
It hurts to be misunderstood by friends and family. It hurts to be rejected by piers and those we seek approval. But this is the deal, we must BUILD the Kingdom! We must live a life of love and acceptance toward those outside the Kingdom if we are to win even one. But many times that comes at a price.
Things we may lose building the Kingdom…
1- Friends. Some will not understand your devotion and time given to others and not them
2- More Friends. Some will become bitter at your acceptance of others. They will reject you.
3- Acceptance. To be popular in Â Christian circles, you have to be in that circle. Takes all your time!
4- Time. Investing in people takes time… over time. This is not a microwave process.
5- Disappointment. When loving those outside the Kingdom, weÂ experienceÂ manyÂ disappointments.
These are but a few costs we will incur on our journey ofÂ buildingÂ the Kingdom, and making disciples. But whatever the price may be we must be willing to pay it. It is our calling, or commission to emulateÂ Jesus. This means we intentionally give our lives to those who don’t have life.
What are youÂ willingÂ to pay to see just ONE come into the Kingdom? Ask yourself that question honestly, Â and answer it honestly. That question and its answer will determine the future of Â your Kingdom impact.
I pray it is mighty! What say you? What are you willing to pay?