Counting The Cost

Welcome to the final week of the Go With God study series!

This week is all about making sure you have what it takes to truly commit to the journey of walking with Jesus for the rest of your life and beyond. Since we never go it alone, the biggest task of this week is to meet up with your bible study partner to have a conversation about what you’ve learned and the commitment you are ready to make. On any great journey it’s essential to have everything you need, not just to start, but to make it to the end.

What does it mean to count the cost?

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a 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.'” – Jesus in Luke 14:28-30

In recent Christian history (like the last 150 years), there seems to have been a growing trend toward committing to Jesus and becoming a Christian because of an emotional moment or pull. For example, people would “become saved” at an altar call after fiery revival preaching, or praying Jesus into their hearts during a moving Christian concert. (Neither of those conversion methods are in the bible, just sayin’!) While, we should engage our emotions in the salvation process, it’s usually not great advice to “trust our feelings” (sorry Obi Wan!) True Christian conversion involves heart, mind, and soul – not just our emotions. Emotional moments can be great sparks to get us started with God but Jesus calls potential followers to follow up those feelings by counting the cost. Building a relationship with God is too great a project for us to jump into without first sitting down and making sure we’re ready.