For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish -Luke 14:28 (NKJV)
When I read this verse, I was reminded of when the Marine recruiter came to my high school to sell us on privilege and honor of becoming a marine! He said all that a young man wanted to hear, and his cool uniform made the sell even easier! But in the year 1991 the Golf War broke out, and I decided not be one of “the few and the proud”! 😉 I counted the cost (death) and I didn’t see the Marines in my future. Looking back on my decision, this wasn’t one of my most prouder moments. Lol! There is a decision I made that am very proud of; I decided to give my whole life to Jesus Christ! One of the common mistakes new believers can make they say they gave their whole lives to Jesus, without counting the COST! When temptation, stumbling block, or persecutions comes, the new believer says,
“what the heck,” “I thought serving Jesus would be way easier than this!”
My friend, I don’t know who has been lying to you, but serving Jesus comes with a cost! Jesus said in Luke 14:27: Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
He wasn’t saying to carry a Cross literally, although I think it is pretty cool when you see someone really carrying a Cross! He wants us to carry a Cross of discipline and devotion. When He was speaking to the crowd about true discipleship; He knew He was on His way to His death on a real Cross! He knew His true disciples would not be shaken, but just simple followers would get spooked! I have counted the cost, and I am ready to be a true disciple!