November 3rd, 2018
A Heavenly Finish Has a Cost
Luke 14:28-30 (KJB) 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.
The gift of salvation is free and available to all mankind. However, accepting His gift and applying faith has a cost. There is a real cost to picking up your cross and following Him (Luke 9:23. Galatians 2:20).
The Apostle Matthew gave up tax collecting to serve God.
The Apostle Andrew gave up his career as a fisherman to serve God.
Each person who chooses in his or her heart to serve God must consider the cost of serving Him. It does no good for a man to open His gift and fail to apply it in his life. Or choose to apply it half-heartedly by making a feeble attempt to serve Him but while remaining close and chummy with the darkness of the god of this world.
A haphazard attempt to serve God is worse than choosing to not serve Him at all. It only serves to insult God, confuse those with lost hearts, and can build stumbling blocks for genuine children of God.
Taking a step forward for serving God always has a cost. Only those people who are willing to carry their cross in the heat of this world will choose to pick it up and follow God now and in the eternal realm. Those who are weak and spiritually feeble will enjoy sitting on the fence in this world but will find themselves far from spiritual fellowship with God wallowing in the horrible heat of hell forevermore.