How many of us had to do some recounting of the cost of some things before you made a purchase? Maybe in a grocery lineup trying to recalculate all your items to see if it will match the money in your bank account? Or maybe you assessed your emotional or mental account and realized you were already spent.

I would imagine we’ve done that more now than ever before.

Today I want to talk to you about counting the cost. Yes maybe some of us know and would acknowledge that we have counted the cost in following Christ, and acknowledge that it’s a daily calculation of that price! However, I believe God is doing a new thing now, and he’s calling us to RISE UP and count the cost yet again.

What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbour?

In Luke 10:27-35, we read about a story where Jesus is speaking to a man experienced with law. He questions Jesus about how he can have eternal life, and Jesus tells him there are two things you must do:

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
  2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

But when Jesus mentioned neighbour, the man of the law asked him, “Who is my neighbour?”

In today’s blog, I want to talk about the cost of courage, and why it’s of utmost importance to count the cost and find the courage to love your neighbour AS YOURSELF! 

Who's Your Neighbour?

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus goes on to explain how a Gentile was beaten, stripped, and left to die on the side of the road.  

The Gentile was suffering and yet people just kept walking by ignoring his pain, one was even a priest. But, because Gentiles where low class in society, didn’t want to be seen associating with him or take the time to help save his life. 

However, a Samaritan walked by and took pity on him. A Samaritan, meaning being part of a people who were notorious for being not the nicest of people, took the time to help him.

And Jesus says that’s who your neighbour is – the person on the side of the road, struggling, who you may not get along with or society doesn’t want you to help.

Someone’s Life Depends On You

Being a good neighbour to those around you isn’t just about doing something when you feel like it, or to make yourself look better in front of other people. 

Being a good neighbour could mean simply smiling at another individual, or holding the door, but it also means getting your hands dirty and stepping outside of your comfort zone to help even when you don’t feel like it. 

By doing something you think is so small or minuscule, or something that challenges you, may very well be that one thing that changes or even saves someone’s life.

Start Making a Difference in Other’s Lives

Whether it’s a small act of kindness or something that takes you out of your comfort zone, being a good neighbour is important and worth it.

Today’s blog is featuring one of the many devotionals taken from my new book contagious courage, that I am excited to share with you. I pray these devotionals both challenge and encourage you. You can also find these devotionals on my YouTube channel as well as on 100 Huntley Street



If you’d like to learn how to navigate uncomfortable situations and start living your life of courage, click the link below to grab your copy of Contagious Courage and take advantage of the FREE on line Contagious Courage introductory course

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Thank you for supporting me and the Going Farther mission. Now to Him who is able to do WAY MORE than we could ever HOPE or imagine, take care and God bless!


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