Man is not a mere creature of circumstances “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jer.1:5)
Like a plant. Christ expects us to act as reasonable men, and to sit down and count the cost before starting any very serious undertaking.
This “ tower ” (v. 27).referred to stands for beauty, safety and prospect, and is applicable to all “ character builders ”
We cannot count the cost until we have first the vision of some great possibility before us. The apostle John say the new Jerusalem coming our of heaven According to (Rev..21:2), what a goal set before us.
No wise man desires his life to end like the tower of Babel, in shame and confusion. To live the Christian life is indeed a great and solemn undertaking “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen.11:7)
Many begin this tower and seem not able to finish, bringing themselves into ridicule, and the tower into a laughing stock. Count the cost.
There is a cost to be a Christian. It is costly. It costs some more than others. Natural temperament, early training and environment may influence greatly “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov.22:6)
Whatever the price, it must be paid “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof,” (Jo.1:3) We must count the cost.
We must Give up all sin. Christ gave Himself for us that He might ” redeem us from all iniquity ” according to (Titus 2, 14).
Sin is the worst of all investments. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom.7:23) Every scheme in which it has a place is rotten.
The wicked must forsake his ways “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”(Isa.55:7)
We must Surrender our will to the Lord Jesus. What wilt Thou have me to do is the question the apostle Paul ask in (Acts 9:6)? this must be the attitude of our soul.
We must count what it will cost the self life to put Christ first in everything, Jesus said “seek ye first the kingdom of God,” (Mt.6:33)
We must Separate our life from the world. We are to go after Him bearing His cross (v. 27).
By His cross the world is to be crucified unto us, and we to the world according to (Gal. 6, 14).
When we find our all and all in Christ it is easy to give up all for Him. “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him “according to (I.Jh.2:15)
We will have Opposition from the world. The world that hated Him will hate you also. Noah by his work of faith condemned the world according to (Heb.II:7), and no doubt the world condemned him.
Abel had to suffer because his works were righteous.
Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
The devil will send our way Temptation. The ungodly are not tempted as the Christians are.
Through the lust of the eye and the pride of life he still offers his evil illusions “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Mt.4:8,9)
But Christ is able to deliver and succour the tempted.
There must be Self-Denial ” If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself.” Our Christian life is a life of faith in the Son of God, and so must be a life of self-denial. ‘Not I, but Christ.”
Christ counted the cost when He came forth to live the life of the Father among sinful people.
“As the Father sent Me, so have I sent you.” But consider also
The cost of not being a Christian. If the soul’s wealth of capacity and power is invested in the things of this world, utter and eternal bankruptcy will surely follow.
Can you afford this ? The business of a Christless life is expensive.
We shall suffer loss. What a loss ! The loss of the Forgiving Love of God, the Saving Power of Christ, the comforting Presence of the Holy Spirit, the Assuring Promises of His Holy Word, the Joy of Service in His prevailing Name, the blessed hope of seeing Him, the Glories rewards of his everlasting kingdom and presence.
Count the cost. What did it cost the prodigal to come home ? His rags and his wretchedness that is all.