Verse of the Day: Count the Costs

May 8, 2007

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28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Luke 14:28-30 (NKJV)

These verses have a financial implication as well as spiritual application. It’s talking about never starting a project without knowing the costs. In other words, you should have a budget and a plan before you start any project, whether it be a business project, school homework, or a work project. Not only that, it’s talking about counting the costs of being a follower of Jesus.

From the Life Application Bible:

When a builder doesn’t count the cost or estimates it inaccurately, his building may be left half completed. Will your Christian life be abandoned after a little while because you did not count the cost of commitment to Jesus? What are those costs? Christians may face loss of social status or wealth. They may have to give up control of their money, their time, or their career. They may be hated, separated from their family, and even put to death. Following Christ does not mean a trouble-free life. We must carefully count the cost of becoming Christ’s disciples so that we will firmly hold to our faith and won’t be tempted later to turn back later.

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