Monday, 28 July 2008 22:13
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying "This man began to build, and was not able to finish." Luke 14:28-30
The Lord wants us to start, and to finish. Salvation is just the starting point of when we start to build our experience.
It is a good practice when studying with a new convert, or one that is seeking Christ, to study on counting the cost. It is good to do because as they are beginning to consider their souls, we want them to be able to make a serious commitment. For those that really weigh it out, it may be a hard thing for them to accept the cost, but when they do, it is a thing that they will likely stick with. After they make that decision, they feel humbled and are able to see how they must rely on God.
Jesus taught us that we can’t be in and out. When we truely serve God, there’s a lot of focus on turning and forsaking sins, and continuing to follow. Laying the foundation is important, but we must build on that foundation also. We must be careful that we are not "comfortable" in just laying the foundation. Jesus is speaking about building and finishing.