Question 66 of 100 is coming from Luke 14:26-31
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father, and mother and wife and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he can not be my disciple.whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me can not be my disciple. For which of you desiring to build a tower does not sit down first to count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise when he has laid a foundation and is unable to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying this man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king desiring to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?”
This was two questions wrapped in one, but I wanted to address them both at once since they had the same meaning!
When we consider addressing such a question asked by Jesus we are tempted to first think it’s a spiritual question and it is.. It does have spiritual ramifications, but he presents it from an earthly standpoint. So it would be logical to assume that he is also saying the principle applies to the natural realm as well as the spiritual one.
The thing he began talking about was being his disciple and what that would mean. I think we have come to have a pseudo faith that believes all we have to do is simply come to Jesus, and He automatically takes everything away that is undesirable in us and we have no work to do.. It’s almost like deciding to own a home overnight, without sitting first to think if you could afford a house, if you have worthy credit, or enough money saved to buy one.. So many things must be taken into account when purchasing a home I’m sure home owners know more about, such as, lawn care, maintenance of the property, there’s more to owning a house than making it look pretty, like property taxes.. And these things must be taken into consideration “Before” you take on the task..
Well, this is the same picture Jesus paints when it regards becoming his disciple. We must be willing to not have anything else above him in our lives, must be willing to be completely sold out for him..
Jesus gives a beautiful example of building a tower.. You know, like the Eiffel tower! Isn’t that beautiful..Now, think about the precision that went into the blueprint and the mind that thought this thing up! How much do you think it cost them? Now imagine they got it half way up and had to stop because they ran out of resources, it would never have any repute and even the mention of it would mean nothing to anyone.. Those who have grace to finish because they have correctly counted the cost make a difference that is impacting.. Those that do not Jesus points out are ridiculed..
Now think about a general in an army, getting ready to meet another army in battle.. They have more men, and are more powerful…. Is this wise without sitting to count the cost.
Now this reminds me of the people who jump out into things saying:
“Oh, I’m just stepping out in faith!” It puts a whole new spin on things when one jumps out blindly without even a paddle..
Please ponder these things and I will allow you to come to your own conclusion not only about the question but why it was posed??