Counting the Cost

Luke 14:26-30
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

 If you keep up with facebook you read the status this week on my profile “The counting the cost principle is valid, and I pray that none of us are weighed in the balance and found wanting”.  The thing is, we ALL understand the value of counting the cost. The cost of following Christ is not small, but the reward is great. I have heard more times than I can count “you get what you pay for”.  Look at a few things from the verse’s above.

Christ expects to be first.   What a simple concept. The words used in Luke 14:26 that “if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father or mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and his own life also cannot be My disciple” is clear. The word hate referenced is not a word which means to literally “hate” as we would say, but is a word which means to “love less”. God is to be our primary focus, and everything else we are to love less. Even those things which are important to us.

Our cross we are to bear –  Luke reminds us of how often we are to bear our own cross, Luke says “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me”. (Luke 9:23). The concept is very simple, We are to daily lay aside those things, and overcome those things which prevent us from FULLY serving God as he demands. We all have our cross to bear, the question is, how we will bear it.

Counting the cost prevents us from looking foolish – The words are clear that we are to count the cost of following our God, and Luke pens in such a fashion in the verse’s above, that we are to calculate whether we have enough to finish. I am reminded so many times of the old “digital hospital” that sits dormant on highway 280 in Birmingham, someone did not have sufficient resources, started the job, and never finished. What an eyesore it is, and how people have talked over and over about this project. We count the cost so we do not look foolish at the judgment.  Jesus said to “remain faithful unto death” (Rev 2:10), and it is expected of each of us. I pray each of us hear at Judgment the words “well done thy good and faithful servant”.

Ande Z