“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?
“Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other?
33“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:28-33
Jesus didn’t sugar coat it, He made it clear that following Him was like carrying a big heavy cross! It’s also clear that Jesus counted the cost of His own sacrifice, before He carried it out.
He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
And God, knowing all of the trouble Adam and Eve would cause, choosing their own will, counted the cost and made man in His Own Image anyway. If our Father was so careful to count… and warn us to count… can we not rest assure that in every circumstance, He has also counted the cost of it’s affect on us?
He knew long before this day, what was in store (Psalm 139:16). His unfailing love will carry us through. No matter what.
Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous, opposition and bitter hostility -reckon up and consider it ALL in comparison with your trials, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. Hebrews 12:3
Thank You, Father, for evaluating and considering what each circumstances cost me. You know, You see, You understand and best of all, You never leave my side. How I love You.