Stop asking, "How much does it cost?"
I realize that Jesus taught us to count the cost before following Him, And I never want to find myself contradicting Jesus, but I am convinced that too often we miss out on what God has for us because we are looking at the wrong end of the equation.
The reason Jesus taught us to count the cost before following Him as a disciple is because too many make a commitment before realizing the full ramifications of that commitment. Later, we break our covenants because we are not willing to pay the price required. This makes God angry (Eccl. 5:4-6) because He is a covenant keeping God that cannot and will not break His Word.
Having established that point, let me turn your awareness to the part of the equation that I believe we ought to have keep our attention. We need to change our question from, "How much does it cost?" To, "How much is it worth?" If the value of a thing is much greater than the cost, then we will gladly do whatever is necessary to pay the cost. We will make great sacrifices, doing without many luxuries and pleasures, to come up with the required money, time, and energies necessary to obtain that which will give us greater value and returns. Jim Elliot understood this principle when he said, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."
There is a tremendous price required to be a disciple of Christ. To be a man/woman of God will demand many sacrifices, afflictions and persecution. However, the benefits and rewards are more than worth the cost. Paul said it this way, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Ro. 8:18
We must consider and understand the cost before making any kind of commitment. But we also would be wise to compare the cost with the ‘value’ that we gain in exchange for the price paid. God is more than gracious, just, loving and kind. He will never be a debtor to any man. He will always leave you with the better end of the deal. He loves to bless and assist those who will partner with Him in His Kingdom.
You will never enter into the fullness of His blessing until you stop looking at what you must give up and start looking at what you will gain! It is more than worth it!