January 14, 2018: SOAP #2964:  Genesis 34-36; Luke 14 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 14:28 “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? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish [...]

January 14, 2018: SOAP #2964:  Genesis 34-36; Luke 14

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 14:28 “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? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Observation:    Jesus was speaking what should have been common sense to those listening.   But He was not speaking about building a tower, or going to war.    In the two verses prior to these (26 & 27) and in the verse immediately following (33) Jesus is speaking about the cost of being His disciple.

Application:   It is not a simple thing to be a disciple of Jesus.   Although there is great joy and peace, there is also great cost.   Although there is great satisfaction in knowing one's life has meaning, there can be refusing what pleases self to do what pleases God.   Although there are great future rewards, the present may not seem as pleasant as it could be.

Like the verses above counsel me, I must consider if what I gain is worth what I may lose.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I have counted the cost and determined that what I gain far surpasses what I may lose!   There is really no comparison.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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