Much is made about the cost of discipleship and how hard it is to follow Jesus. While that is true, it is much harder not to follow him. James Bryan Smith addresses this in his The Good and Beautiful Life by quoting Dallas Willard:
Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10). The cross-shaped yoke of Christ is after all an instrument of liberation and power to those who live with him it.
“Instead of focusing so much on the cost of discipleship,” Smith argues, “I think we should stress how bankrupt non-discipleship is.”