There is a Cost to Everything

​Luke writes in his Gospel: “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 it.” This is one of the most profound Scriptures in the Bible. This is true because it speaks to a reality that no man can avoid. It testifies of the snares of the this world’s system that deceives many into believing that they can continue to do what they are doing with little or no serious consideration for their ability to cover the cost.  Notice what the Bible identifies as the real problem—“Will you not first sit down and estimate the cost?” This is the real challenge of the day in which we are living.  No one sits down anymore!
For believers, those who put their trust in the Word of God, this should not be their concern because they should obey all of the Word, not just the part they feel good about. So many today have become so comfortable that they have become habitual in taking things for granted. They believe that their perception of reality outlasts the reality they are dealing with.  It is no small wonder that far too many people, even those in the church, are living beyond their means. This mistake must be addressed because the Church has always been called to a higher standard.  In every individual life there must be discipline.  In every human heart there must be humility. We must again not only identify the boundaries, but seriously respect them. Let us again remind ourselves that no one is exempt from the process.
Those of us who are parents must remind our children of the discipline of our parents who did more than we are doing with less. As a result of taking this into consideration, what will our children be able to tell their children when they have failed to honor these principles themselves? In this context, Jesus was addressing a large crowd of people who were traveling with Him. Jesus turns to them and states: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father or mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”  From this confrontation it may be safe to conclude that this rebuke from Jesus was not limited only to the financial arena only. The position that Jesus takes speaks to deeper concerns than just the stewardship of money.  Jesus focuses on whether the individual knows the difference between “earthly mammon – temporary gratification verses true riches or that which is eternal or lasts. 
The depth of this revelation will never be realized without the ones being confronted taking the time to meditate on what they are really being confronted about. People today are so used to living their dream that they don’t realize they are awake. No dream will ever be realized without first sitting down and considering the cost. This principle will affect every part of a person’s life. Think for a moment about the difference this principle would make in the context of marriage, parenting, and life in general. Jesus reminds everyone who can hear that failure to make time to consider the consequences of one’s decisions will always have negative results. But more importantly, these kind of results will cause those who represent the Kingdom of God to be ridiculed. Let us consider the costs not just for building a building, but for building a life. Let our prayer be that before we lay the foundation, we have our lives in order so that our living would not be subject to ridicule.

In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

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