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Considering the Cost


Considering the Cost

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” -Luke 14:28

If you’ve ever tried to do something great, you’ll know it has a huge cost. Anytime we attempt to accomplish something more than most people will, we’ll experience more roadblocks than most people. The question is, are we willing to make the sacrifices to do something great? We may discover that when we do, the payoff is much greater than we could ever imagine.

If you want a fit body, there’s a cost. It probably involves a LOT of working out. It probably also involves making sacrifices in the type of food you eat. If you want to grow a business, it will cost you time – a LOT of time. If you want an amazing family, it will cost you time, effort, money, blood, sweat, and tears. If you’ve already made the commitment, for any of those things, then it has become responsibility. But, everyday, we still choose whether to endure the cost and reap the benefit, or to disengage ourselves from the task at hand and become mediocre at what we’re doing. It’s a “heart-thing”.

Jesus’ calling had a cost – His life. Sometimes we’ll do something that enlivens us – that gives us hope for the future and brings meaning to our lives. We’ll discover where we fit, where we belong. We’ll discover where our gifts and talents can be multiplied to affect the lives of others for good. When we discover any of those things, we’ll know for sure the cost was worth the sacrifice.

Sometimes this sacrifice requires us to die to ourselves, to our own desires. It may require us to overcome our fears. It most probably requires us to lay down our lives at the foot of the cross, saying, “God, use me for whatever purpose you may have for my life.” It involves submission. But, once we’re willing to do this, we’ll experience life to the greatest extent we’ve ever known. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Are you willing to endure the cost for what you feel God calling you to? I pray we’ll all be able to endure the cost, whatever it may be, to grow God’s kingdom for the good of this world.

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