From Nik Ripken’s The Insanity of God, pp. 286-287:
“I have even been wiling to die for Jesus,” he pleaded. “But do you know what I fear? When I go to bed at night, what keeps me awake, and what actually terrifies me, is the thought that God might ask of my wife and my children what I have already willingly given Him.”
“How can He ask it? Tell me! How could God ask that of my wife and children?”
I paused for a few moments and prayed that the Lord would guide my words as I responded … Finally I told him, “I personally cannot answer your question. But I would ask you another question that I have had to ask myself: ‘Is Jesus worth it? Is He worth your life? Is He worth the lives of your wife and your children?’”
He was undoubtedly the toughest man I ever met. He began to sob. He wrapped his arms around me, buried his face in my shoulder and wept …
Then he looked me in the eyes again, nodded, and declared, “Jesus is worth it. He is worth my life, my wife’s life, and He is worth the lives of my children! …”
In fact, that’s how worth it He is. Not that there is no cost. I cannot think of a greater cost than my husband or sons. But there is no cost that compares to His worth.
Jesus Christ is worthy not only of my life but all our lives. Except the upside down thing is that He laid down His infinitely precious life for us. So what is the temporal giving of this life? Like Amy Carmichael said, certainly count the cost … but take your slate to the foot of the Cross and count the cost there.