The young couple were members at the church which we were attending at that time. Many of us were in the same life stage and were having or had just given birth to our first child. We knew this couple was expecting and we had not heard a recent update, until that fateful day when they shared their news. Their fetus had been diagnosed with a fatal condition. It was still within the first trimester and their physician and consultants advised them to terminate the pregnancy.
The news was devastating. Yet, their decision was even more impactful. Resolute and courageous, they informed the church, “We have prayed about this for many days and have sought godly counsel. We will go through with this pregnancy. We will not have an abortion. We will give birth to our son.”
Even amongst Christians, there was a debate about their decision. From a medical standpoint, there was absolutely no chance the child would survive for a few minutes after being born. Very few questioned whether a medically induced abortion would be justified. Yet, it was not our decision to make, nor was it a decision based upon medical expediency. It was a decision based upon their faith in Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior.
…If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 (NLT)
What is the cost of living a life in submission to Jesus Christ? What does it mean to count the cost of living a life of faith? It means not listening to the advice of the world nor following our emotions. It means forsaking all to follow Jesus Christ and His commands.
Since that pregnancy, God has mightily blessed this couple with two healthy boys. Their lives are a testimony to their decision to follow Jesus Christ, no matter the cost. Their story still inspires our family. May it inspire you and your loved ones to take up your own Cross and follow Jesus Christ.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.