Pastor's Column: In faith, life calculating costs paramount
January 09. 2014 2:06PM
Jesus said, “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn't first sit down and figure the cost so you'll know if you can complete it?” Luke 14:28 The Message
In A.D. 27, not many years before Jesus uttered these words, an amphitheater collapsed killing an estimated 50,000 people. The badly built structure had taken the lives of those who believed everything to be fine. The tragedy is now too far removed to know who was to blame, but it appears that corners were cut. Jesus gives words to us what many know instinctively, that great accomplishment comes at great cost. That price might be paid out in time, sweat, or money. To follow Jesus was costly too, and he wanted his disciples to count the cost before continuing on. It takes dedication to be a follower and Jesus wanted to make certain that the disciples had considered the cost.
This is a spontaneous generation, with decisions about life, work, and family being made quickly and, sadly, with too little thought. Life is a test of commitment and dedication. Jobs are lost, marriages fail, and businesses go under because the cost was not counted beforehand.
The great buildings of this time, the fabulous structures of the past, all came to be because someone had a dream and commitment. The 40 mile long Panama Canal forms a waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It was the largest and most complex project of its day, taking 10 years to complete, thousands of workers, and nearly $350 million. Every imaginable obstacle presented itself, including disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The impossible became a reality because the cost was counted and the work continued with determination. The same is true for your life. The cost must first be counted, and then determination summoned. That's when great things happen. You can count on it.
One final thought: Before you begin anything worthwhile, determine what it will cost you emotionally, physically, and financially. If the goal is worthwhile, push on without fear and never look back.
“Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.” William E. Gladstone