Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 14 *Count the Cost*

on April 17, 2012

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, say ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ (Verses 28-29)

Several words stand out to me in this reading and make me think of Jesus’ own example.  Jesus counted the cost of coming to earth and laying a foundation of salvation–He gave up unity with His Father, His glory, His home and His life for us.  He bore His own cross.  Although hanging on that cross it looked to others like He laid a foundation and was leaving it unfinished.  Although He was mocked by all who looked on; He had counted the cost, He had paid the full price and was able to shout at the end, “It is finished!”

Unless we are willing to count the cost and pay any price to follow Him, we’re not worthy to be His disciples.  A “Christ-follower” who has more concern about personal life and comfort, makes excuses and does not go the distance with Christ, is like salt without taste and is rendered worthless (vs. 34-35).

Even though the cost is great, the call is worth it.  Jesus gives a great illustration in verses 12-24 of a wonderful banquet that He is hosting.  He has filled the table with all good things.  God is calling you to “come.”  Will you make excuses and cling to your life or will you lay it all down and come?  I’m compelling you to come–choose to follow. He is worth it!

One of my new favorite songs is by the REND Collective and the lyrics are as follows:

I’m saying yes to You, and no to my desires. I’ll leave myself behind and follow You. I’ll walk the Narrow Road, cause it leads me to You. I’ll fall but grace will pick me up again. I’ve counted up the cost. Oh I’ve counted up the cost. Yes I’ve counted up the cost, and you are worth it. I do not need safety as much as I need You. You’re dangerous, but Lord You’re beautiful. I’ll chase You through the pain. I’ll carry my cross, cause real love is not afraid to bleed. Jesus take my all; take my everything. I’ve counted up the cost, and You’re worth everything!

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