Several months ago, I posted an article on how Luke (my days-away-from-turning-sixteen-oldest-child) was teaching me about discipleship. That is, teaching him how to drive was/is teaching me about discipleship. You can read it here.

Since writing, I have discovered a fifth parallel between teaching a teenager to drive and discipleship…

It Costs. 

If I want to set Luke up for success on the road, it will cost something. Actually, it will cost a lot. If I want him in a decent car that will not break down on the side of the road, it will cost. If I want him to have decent tread on the tires, it will cost. If there is to be gas in the car, it will cost. If it is to be insured, it will cost. If I want him to be confident as he pulls away from the driveway by himself that first time, it will cost a lot of time being with him in the vehicle. If I am going to know what might be his biggest obstacle, it will cost attention on my part. To set him up for success on the road, it costs.

The same is true when discipling someone. To set him/her up for success as a Jesus-follower, it will cost something. Actually, it will cost a lot. It costs time to help them know about Jesus. It costs energy to pray for God to move in their life. It costs time away from other things. It costs a text message or a phone call at weird hours. It costs the discipler growing in knowledge. It costs discernment to know how to best bring this particular person along in Christ. To set them up for success, it will cost.

On May 18th, 2021 Luke Pearson will (God-willing) walk out the front door of our house, get into a car, and drive somewhere on his own for the first time. If I am going to feel good about it and if he is going to feel good about it and if the other drivers out there aren’t going to be negatively impacted by his being on the road – it will have cost a lot. Needless to say, however, it will be worth it. I will not regret one single second I spent with him in the passenger’s seat as he figured it out.

Who has God put in your life that, if you don’t pay a price, will not ever know what’s like to successfully follow Jesus in the world? It will cost a lot. But it will be so worth it.