There is much talk these days about how one can benefit by being a follower of Christ. Some preachers claim that if one has enough faith, one will receive monetary rewards. Others preach that one will be delivered from physical afflictions if one believes hard enough. Others teach that one's borders will be expanded if one prays as Jabez did. Still others say that if you're walking with God and have His favor, you'll always get a good parking spot.
One thing that isn't often mentioned (if at all) by the TV preachers: persecution.
Read these posts by Frank Turk, Joe Carter, and LaShawn Barber. Think about the cost (yes, there is one) of serving Jesus. Then, think about the cost of serving yourself.
UPDATE: "An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, officials said. The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting foreign pressure to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here who have called for him to be killed. An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released." (AP)