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Devotional - week of December 11, 2016


THE COST HAS BEEN COUNTED

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 …”  Luke 14:28

Jesus had just said:

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”  Luke 14:26

Jesus is not saying we are to count the cost of yielding our lives to Him. He is saying He has counted the cost of what it will take to build His Kingdom. Perhaps this is more vividly expressed in the following statement:

“Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?”  Luke 14:31

It is not the troops of the king that are to count the cost. It is the king himself who has counted the cost.

Jesus is building His Kingdom. He is going against the enemies of darkness that are headed by Satan himself.

Jesus has counted the cost of what it will take to build His Kingdom and vanquish His foe. He knows that the cost is a Kingdom of followers who have placed Him first. They have given up their self interest, and they are willing to bear their crosses.

When one compares what Jesus says in Luke about building His Kingdom and defeating his foe with what the life of living by grace calls for, he finds the qualifications to be one and the same.