In Romans 6:23, we understand that Salvation is a free gift. Then, in Romans 10:9, if we believe in Jesus Christ with all our being, we will be saved. So... what's next??? Do we experience a perfect life of peace and tranquility until His return?
Here in Matthew 16:25-26, Jesus explains that following Him will cost us.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
This principle remains constant throughout the entire Bible. Remember the widow in the Old Testament who gave her last and put God first? What about the Apostle Paul in the New Testament who served God despite loss of family, poverty, beatings and imprisonment?
What did Job say in Job 13:15? "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."
The question is, are you willing to count the cost? Will you continue to serve God when things look bad and your world seems to crumble? Do not merely determine to serve God no matter what, because that "just ain't good enough". Instead, take your eyes off your circumstances and look to Him, because He is good enough and always will be.