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The Cost of Serving God

Updated on June 1, 2011

The Cost of Serving God

“So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and served him.”

I Kings 19:21

To be a servant of the Lord, the price is too costly. For Elisha, it costs him his business or livelihood and his family. Prior to his calling, Elisha was living a comfortable life, he was managing an oxen farm and belonging to a loving family.

When Elijah passed by him and heard the calling of God through Elijah, Elisha readily made a great adjustment in his life in order to fulfill God’s will. To be a prophet of God is not an easy calling. As a prophet of God, Elisha was now bound to live “by Faith”. He was now bound to entrust his day to day needs to Gods’s direct provision. And as a prophet, one must have great courage to confront the wickedness of the Israelites. His life will be in constant danger. Elisha, the man of God indeed paid a very great price to fulfill his calling.

The great missionary to inland China and the one responsible for bringing the Gospel of salvation to China, Hudson Taylor paid a very great price in fulfilling the Lord’s calling in his life. To fulfill the Lord’s calling to him to mainland China, he need to leave behind his loving parents, brothers and sisters, friends, church, even his mother land America. He really did make a great adjustment in his life to fulfill God’s will.

We would never be qualified as a servant of God, unless we paid a costly price. It could be our career, our family, our lovelife or any other things we count so precious in our lives that serves as a hindrance in fulfilling the will of God in our lives. No matter how costly serving God is, it is still the best way of living for it is a life accompanied by his glorious presence.

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      ronald ouma 

      7 years ago

      thanks for the inspiration Cristina

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Patrick for appreciating this hub.

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      Patrick Teng 

      10 years ago

      wonderful revelation i learnt a principle of discipleship today

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Wehzo foe appreciating this hub. Yes "counting the cost of being a disciple of Christ" must be brought back in christian circles.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Christine for taking time to visit this hub. Yes you can fulfill God's calling right in your own place. You don't need to leave your homeland to obey God. We could be a witness of His grace right in our neighborhood. Thank you also for sharing your vision. God bless your desires for His kingdom.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Christine for taking time to visit this hub. Yes you can fulfill God's calling right in your own place. You don't need to leave your homeland to obey God. We could be a witness of His grace right in our neighborhood. Thank you also for sharing your vision. God bless your desires for His kingdom.

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      Wehzo 

      10 years ago

      Great hub Cristina327. You are absolutely right, following Christ does indeed cost something. I think 'Counting The Cost' has become an overlooked part of our bible studies across the country. I could be wrong, but from my experiences and the people I have talked with, that thought is not far from the truth. God bless your every effort and witness Cristina327.

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      christinekv 

      10 years ago

      Hey Cristina!

      I love your referencing Elijah and Elisha to illustrate your point. Makes me want to revisit those passages since we so often hear and read about Jesus calling his disciples when it comes to abandoning it all for the sake of the call.

      One comment I feel compelled to make though for clarification purposes, is I know Jesus would never ask me to up and leave my husband and children to go minister in another part of the world (I do leave for hours at a time here though to participate in intercession or other acts of service etc). They are my first ministry. My career, the horses, yes, he could ask me to lay these down if it interferes w/ His plan for me. I have a desire to do Overseas Missions and have since the first year I was saved. However, until the Lord impresses the same thing on Thomas' heart and makes it clear we are to let go of everything, I know the time is not right. Maybe when the boys are grown, if I have the Lord's as well as my husbands blessing, I will be able to be involved in something overseas. (and if Christ hasn't come back before then!) In the meantime, we have a wide open missions field here where we live, needing to bless and witness to those around us.

      You are completely right though, following Jesus is not easy (not to be taken lightly) and can definitely be costly.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thank you very much Wbisbill, truly our Lord is worth serving for and even worth dying for. Thank you also for visiting our ministry website. Remain blessed always.

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      Wbisbill 

      10 years ago from Tennessee USA

      When I think of discipleship and the cost of serving Christ, I am forced to remember the cost Christ gave for my redemption.

      1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

      Thanks Christina for this beautiful though to start my day. Thumbs up from a fan!

      P.S. I checked your web site today and encourage everyone to check it out.

      Grace abd Peace.

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      Wbisbill 

      10 years ago from Tennessee USA

      When I think of discipleship and the cost of serving Christ, I am forced to remember the cost Christ gave for my redemption.

      1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

      Thanks Christina for this beautiful though to start my day. Thumbs up from a fan!

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