COUNT THE COST BEFORE YOU BEGIN!
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28
AT HIS TABLE!
What are the possible costs? I mean, really? Following Jesus is like just going to church every other week on Saturday or Sunday, having fun talking with friends, listening to music, and a few words from a person at the pulpit, right? That's easy who couldn't do that? Hello! This is not the following Jesus that the Bible talks about, the true cost and true following Jesus is this,
"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27
We have to bear our cross and how many know that this cross can be heavy? Let me give you an example, In Daniel chapter 6, Daniel and two others were in charge of 120 princes in the Kingdom where Darius ruled. One day, because of jealousy, these other two and the 120 princes came against Daniel because he was in charge over all of them. So they crafted a plan in order to remove Daniel from his position. After talking about it they were resolved to find that they would be unable to find anything against Daniel because he was faithful and had no fault, so they made a plan to change a law. The former law allowed for people to pray to God, but now the new law with its new changes forbid anyone to ask in prayer for 30 days to any God, accept to the King.
IF ANYONE …
If anyone was found praying or asking God anything on these days they would be cast into a lion's den. Hey! Now we see that it could cost our life! Daniel was thrown into the Lion's Den, but he knew this, that once the law was changed, he would continue to pray as before and if caught, he knew that it could cost him his life! Daniel lived despite this order that caused him to be placed in a lion's den for praying to God, he was with the Lion's, but God gave Daniel peace and rescued him.
Count the cost my friends, are you prepared to walk this walk with your cross if the laws change? Stand in the face of change and represent Jesus at any cost!
WITH JESUS WE HAVE ALL THAT WE NEED TO FINISH!