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“Count the Cost”

Most of us count the cost in our everyday lives. If we want to buy a house or a car, we look at our finances and see if our finances can support what we wish to do. We would feel pretty foolish if we begin building a house and must stop before finished because of insufficient funds.

Please read the following verses. Luke 14:25-35

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 “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.’ 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.”He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Now, this does not mean we have to give everything we have away. But the believer would be willing to do this if asked by the Lord God. We put Him and His will above anything that is ours. Yes, the rich young ruler is told to give all he has away. This was because his money and possessions were more important to him than his service to the Lord.

On the other hand, when Judas, the treasurer of the twelve, saw the woman use costly oil to anoint Jesus, Judas said that money could have been given to the poor. Jesus told Judas that the poor will always be among us.

If the Lord has blessed you financially, be ready to use what we have for Him. We probably won’t be called to give it all away, but hey, if we are, the Lord God will lead, guide, and direct us to do His bidding.

You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,

Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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