COUNTING THE COST

The Bible says in Luke 14:27 that, counting the cost of any building venture, is essential imperative strategy for excellence and good success. 28“For which one of you, when he wants to build a house, tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29” Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it will begin to ridicule him to say behold he began to build but quit before he finished it. Christian believers face adversity and challenges yet must deny themselves to take up own cross by following the perfect example of Jesus in Luke 9:23. By trusting in Jehovah Nissi the mighty one in battle to give strength to keep on to sustain victory. In addition, Christ’s words emphasize whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. In verse 28, believers must prepare to bear their own cross. Spiritual buildings have to be nurtured in the mind, body and soul for the necessary stamina to endure by faith and God’s grace. As God’s building or God’s Temple, time must be put into keeping the body fit and able to undertake the work physical building project required. Christ has already Sacrificed His Life for believers so there is no need to torture one self in vain for a project that does not come to fruition. A person therefore has responsibility not to become a laughing-stock by assumption.In terms of Christian discipleship believers are to carefully weigh the cost to understand the persecution from adversaries are worth enduring to the end to be saved. By considering implications and consequences in advance, one fully understand better what exactly required for total commitment to sufficiently perform duty to God in Christ Jesus. It helps to check one self to see if one has what it takes to undertake missions. Submitting to God’s Mission commits the work into God’s Hands to Equip for good success. Calculation of an enterprise  in God requires advance preparation before taking practical steps to enter upon it within the guidance and of Wisdom of God. If any man does not count the impeding cost before hand and goes ahead to start the building, he will have to stop midway prematurely. This means all the resources invested in the uncompleted project is wasted including unwise use of time and financial stream. Like city Nova Cidade de Kilamba, was designed to hold up to a half million people and features 750 eight-story apartment buildings, 12 schools and more than 100 retail units, according to the report. State-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation reportedly took less than 3 years to build city at cost of $3.5 billion. It covers 12,355 acres yet empty too expensive so not affordable to average Joe so lying in waste. Counting the cost means good investment returns of profit gained to bless people.

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep so God is indispensable in life. Jesus said counting cost helps to anticipate challenges to prepare in advance before beginning project. Jesus gave this crucial advise and important wisdom not to begin the work until first counting the cost to enable you to finish it to put to good use. Intending to build a tower means sitting down first to count cost whether he has enough resilience, resources, ability, support, mechanism to survive the tough project. The adversary tries to beset to derail projects ordained by God. Take time to prepare, be ready to run with patience the race set before us. 30 ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish it. It is good to have the desire to build but good intention is not enough to build a project. To finish building yet not use building efficiently and effectively is complete waste 31“Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider if strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter one coming against him with twenty thousand? 

Counting the cost involves looking at example of King David who needed to build an altar to the Lord. He did not accept the war distractions to hold back his commitment to build the Temple for God. Asking God’s help for right timing king David built through next generation Solomon’s Temple yet prepared in advance and gathered all the essential necessary resources himself for years. Solomon’s heritage from the LORD as fruit of womb to build Temple was reward God over-ruled blood guiltiness condemnation. Like arrows in the hand of warrior king David, the son accomplished king David’s ambition and dream. So made king David happy so not put to shame to overcome his enemies in the gate in Psalm 127. The main lesson in this scripture is to enhance, influence and emphasize true nature of commitment to life building projects. Both king David and Solomon weighed all options just as Father God and His Son Jesus Counted the cost before proceeding with their salvation plan. Jesus was fully aware of He had to expect and endure for the sake saving humanity. Jesus willingly gave His life as a ransom to save many. Therefore, in 1 Thessalonians 3:4-5, the persecuted are told in advance to be in the know how things turn out. For this reason, counting cost includes intercessors continue standing in agreement in the gap to help build faith so that even if the tempter tempts, God will ensure one’s labour is not in vain.

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