He counted the cost – His life, but still took to the cross and paid the price – His life, so that we could be called His sons.
This blogging thing is new to me. Consistency is new to me. Discipline is almost new to me. We live in a world and are part of a generation that believes spontaneous is adventurous and random is exciting. We have shoved the importance of planning on the back seat and have taken spontaneous to be synonymous with young. That is why consistency and discipline are almost new to me. I am learning them in a different light; in light of the Word and away from the stereotypical characteristics of our generation. It is hard, but it is liberating. It is painful, but it yields sweet fruit and above all else, fruit that lasts. But it comes at a price. Everything comes at a price.
In economics, there is a process called Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). It is a crucial part of the inception of any project/ undertaking. You calculate the cost of the undertaking, project the possible benefits that you will get from it, and decide whether it is feasible. If the cost is more than the benefit, you forfeit. If the benefit is more than the cost, you go ahead with whatever it is you want to do. Makes sense, right? Right!
Now, step into your Christian walk and analyze everything you have done. Have you been doing a CBA?
I, personally, look back at some things in my walk and I wonder. Had I counted the cost every time I watched porn? Did I count the guilt, the shame, a perverted mind, distorting God’s gift kept for me in marriage? Had I counted the cost when I started ministering through poetry? Did I count the practice sessions, the battling to get words on paper, the battle to speak truth instead of feelings, the fight to listen as the Holy Spirit dictates instead of rushing to write awesome punch lines to please the crowds? Did I count the cost whenever I refused to pick up my bible, get on my knees, submit myself to God FULLY? Did I count the cost when I picked up my bible, got on my knees, submitted myself to God fully?
It’s easier said than done. It is easy to see theoretical concepts and understand how they work, or would work. But when it comes to application, often, the same concepts elude us. We NEED to count the cost, and then pay the price.
For us, the beautiful part is that Christ already paid the ultimate price. Ours is to give up our will for His. That is our price. That is the cost we have to bear. Whether we are giving up friends for His glory, or leaving to go to some far land to do missions. Whether we are forfeiting the purchase of that new toy to give towards a specific need in church, or sacrificing our time to visit the sick in hospital. Whether we are giving up singing in the praise and worship team, a more public and ‘prestigious’ position to sweep the church grounds on Saturday when no one except the care taker will know. Whether we are giving up our twenty shillings and giving it to that beggar in town who may have a way out but has chosen to use people’s kindness for gain. In all this, our price is laying down our will and taking up God’s will, whether or not it’s comfortable or sensible in our eyes.
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My Math may suck, I may not be adept/
At calculations: length, height, width or depth/
I may lose more than I bargained for/
But I still pay less than I was purchased for/
And no matter how high the cost/
For the excellence of knowing Christ, I count it all as loss.//
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Are you willing to pay the price?