There are infinite benefits to following Jesus – infinte because they are many but they are also eternal.
Having said that, there are also some costs and you need to be aware of them before deciding whether or not to be a Jesus-follower.
Jesus descibed becoming a follower as being born again (John 3:3). We cannot see God’s Kingdom without being born again. When we choose to follow Jesus, we start a whole new life, entirely different from the old life.
Finally Alive (pdf) – a 200 page book by John Piper on what it means to be born again available free online.
What Does It Mean To Be Born Again? (article) – by Peter Cheyne. N.B. this article assumes the ability to look up the Bible.
Some speciific aspects of the new life are listed below.
Adopted as God’s child
Part of a world-wide family