Count the Cost - by Virgil Stripes Luke 14:28-32 (ESV) 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.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. What does it mean to count the cost? God wishes us to count the cost of being His disciple. But to count the cost, we must know what it will cost us. Earlier in Luke, Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. The cost is everything. Does this mean that all of us will end up giving our lives for the Gospel? Nope. Many people live lives dedicated to God but are not martyred. But if we live each day trying to please God instead of ourselves, then we are giving our lives to and for Him. We have choices everyday to do one thing or another. The question should become which choice is more glorifying to God and less about me. John the Baptist said it best when his disciples asked about Jesus and how His popularity was growing. John 3:29-30 (ESV) “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” So let us seek God’s glory, not our own.