“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? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” (Luke 14:28-30)
We recently had an electrician install many more outlets in our house. I never really paid much attention to the electricity and how it functions in the house. I mean it’s like you take it for granted. You switch on the light and the light goes on. It was then truly amazing to see how much wire and planning and calculation was needed before he dared to drill a hole in the wall. Then finally when everything was set into place he was able to pull the electrical wire through the wall and attach it to the outlets. He did an excellent job and the best part of it was his planning skills. The planning and calculation phase was his foundation and guaranteed the success of his work. He counted the costs very well.
These verses in Luke 14 are mentioned under a paragraph called “the cost of being a disciple”. Planning and calculating are one of the excellent characteristics of a disciple. They plan and calculate well before they do anything. There lies such an excellence in this discipline because at the end of this chapter the Lord Jesus concludes in verse 34” that salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”. The truth of the matter is, the Lord wants you to be effective and represent Him well on this earth.
I encourage you today that whatever you are called to do, that you would dare to sit down with the Lord first before you move forward. Share with Him your plans and let Him help you with counting the costs. Then, when everything is set in place, go forward boldly and be a shining light in this world.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!