Jesus told His audience in Luke 14 to count the cost of following Him BEFORE they made any decision to stick around. It wasn’t the only time either. He gave the same warning in Matthew 8:18 and Luke 9:57-60.
28-30“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? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ 31-32“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? And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce? 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 cross! It’s also clear from scripture that Jesus counted the cost of His own sacrifice for us, 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
Even God, knowing all of the trouble Adam and Eve would cause by choosing their own way, counted the cost and made man in His own image anyway.
Now if our Father was so careful to instruct time and again about “counting the cost”, can we not rest assure that in each circumstance touching our lives, He has also counted the cost of it’s affect on us? He knew long BEFORE your day began, what was in store (Psalm 139:16). His unfailing love will carry you through no matter what. There is great peace in knowing He has counted the cost of all trials in our lives; using them for good always.
3Just 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, LORD for caring, evaluating, considering what each of life’s circumstances costs me. You know, You see, You understand and best of all You never leave my side. How I love You.” -A