CONTEMPLATIONS

Friday, February 10, 2006

Count the cost


Jesus 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. 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-- lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'" luke 14:26-30


Have we really counted the cost? Have we really counted the cost? Ask yourself that question "have i really counted the cost?". When looking over my life and wondering am i submitting fully to the will of God, I have to be honest i don't fully. Today that has really hit me (yet again). We need to give God everything we have. Our families, houses, cars, computers, church the lot!God wants it all. What is really worrying in our western Churches is that we are so bombarded with material status, society satus, the false law of tolerance that we forget what Jesus really said.


When we read the above verse it does not fit nicely in our church package. It is sort of arkward, doesnt "feel good". We read over these verses, power through them. We argued it was a social context or even imply that we are doing that. What sounds so extreme, so well... life submitting is the fact our Lord and God wants everything of us. The above verse stikes a problem because of the word "hate" we sometimes can't image Jesus actually saying those words! The word hate in this context does not mean "be angry, avoid, mad" etc for that will contradict other Scriptures. The word "hate" simply means "lesser love" as in Jesus has to be number one and everything else number two. Jesus Christ has paid for us in full with His own blood. Our dear Lord has given us everything He had in order to purchase us with his blood! Today, for me, for us we sadly fail to give it all back. The Bible repeatly warns we must surrender our all to Him.


Friends this is a challenge, it is a huge huge huge challenge. I have fail to do this, and i personally need to submit it all to Him. It is a time thing. It can take time to give it all over. I can see in my life the Holy Spirit has been working on me to give it all over to Him.


If your feeling discourage with this post, please don't. We have a loving Heavenly Father who will do everything in His power to get you over to Him fully. If you cry out with a "i believe, help my unbelief" He will honor your prayer.

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