06
Apr
15

Considering The Cost

How are you doing following through on your commitment to the Lord?  When you said, “Yes.” to Jesus, did you mean it?  What is your level of commitment to Christ?  Solomon said not to make a hasty vow to God.  Don’t make a commitment that you cannot keep.  Jesus put it this way in Luke 14:

 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ – Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)

Making a commitment to Christ is more than saying, “I believe.”  It is more than getting baptized.  That is the starting line of a marathon of following Jesus.  It is the beginning of a relationship of total surrender of everything in your life to the lordship of Christ.  We must consider the cost every single day.  Is following Jesus worth it?  Following Jesus is more than an hour in church once a week.  It is more than attending a few pot-lucks.  True commitment to Jesus Christ means that we must die to ourselves daily and take up our cross and follow Him.  Daily.  Have you counted the cost?  What will following Jesus cost you today?  What will following Jesus cost you tomorrow and beyond?  Are you willing to pay the price of following Him?

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (NIV)

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares,
    and many words mark the speech of a fool.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

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