Following Jesus Christ will cost your commitment. It means Bible study and prayer, fighting discouragement, reasonable expectations, being honest with God and others, and a desire to grow spiritually. It is nice to read about spiritual growth, but applying it is something else. Application needs commitment or it won't last very long. There is danger in humanly counting the cost of commitment. Being obsessed about the cost to you personally may cause you to focus on the "how" instead of the "why", and make you retreat from the depth of inward commitment necessary. With too little human commitment, your desire for growth fades away. The balance is found in spiritually counting the cost. When the price of growth is spiritually calculated and the cost is absolute surrender to Jesus Christ then biblical paradoxes take on new spiritual depth! Servitude brings greatness. Weakness brings strength. Whatever you face spurs you on instead of defeats you. Give whatever is necessary spiritually. You will receive the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, and discover that He will never leave you or forsake you.