Updated: Jun 26
We must not only count the cost of following Jesus but we must also count the cost of engaging in sin. Often times, our Lord used the following illustrations as examples of what it means to follow Him: building something, like a tower, or going to war. Following Jesus and not following sin is the ultimate denial of a false self and the real embracing of our true selves in Christ.
When building toward sin, we can sometimes reap the immediate and devastating consequence of it, similar to our first Parents, or, the sin we engage in can slowly, but massively, destroy us over time. When it comes to sin, we can see the same factors at work in regards to building a structure or going to war. It takes work but, in the end, we will never be satisfied with sin.
Our sin can often times take careful planning, it often takes repeated efforts to have, but, with diminishing returns. When had, sin often has what may seem like a victory here or there, and some measure of satisfaction. The difference with Christ is, if we choose Him, we will have eternity on your side. We will have “He who is only good” to support and sustain us. Which one will you choose today and forevermore?
What this scripture mostly points to is how we must utterly yield to Jesus in sacrificially following Him. After saying we must deny relatives, and our even our own selves, Jesus talks about what it means to actually deny ourselves to follow Him. Just like with building a tower, and going to war, we must follow Jesus with the intention of finishing the project. Thank God for Jesus and for truths like Philippians 1:6: "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." If we trust in Jesus alone, He will finish the building project. He will finish the war.
If we have confidence in our own good works, then Jesus words about denying all and trusting Him to finish well, will fall on def ears. We must not depend on ourselves or we will surely endure shame in the end. We will be like 3 of the 4 soils or we will be like the man below who did not build his house on the Rock.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”