COMMITTED Part 1: Building A Tower
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone ho sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”
Becoming a disciple of Christ is more than agreeing to a set of beliefs. It’s more than a religious creed. It’s an invitation to build something alongside God as the chief architect.
So, if we compare the life of a disciple to that of a person building a tower, what would it involve?
Discipleship, like building a tower, requires a goal.
You don’t just dig a hole in the ground and toss cement, nails and lumber in until you magically have a tower. Similarly discipleship involves a goal. “You love Him… you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8,9. “So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” 2 Corinthians 5:9.
Discipleship, like building a tower, requires work.
The time comes in every building project when the goal setting and planning stops and the work begins. You won’t get a tower by talking about building the tower. Similarly, discipleship involves work. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10. If you are committed to be His disciple, you are committing to work with God and for God. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
Discipleship, like building a tower, can’t be done without making a bit of a mess.
Sometimes it’s hard to even see the tower through the mess. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7. A little mess isn’t something to be afraid of, God is still at work in our lives even in the middle of messes.
Discipleship, like building a tower, takes time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a tower. The investment of time is essential to grow and follow Christ. Some of us treat our salvation like the old farmer treated his wife. She complained that he never told her he loved her. He replied, “I told you I loved you the day we got married. If anything changes I will let you know!” It takes time to connect deeply with our Heavenly Father.
Discipleship, like building a tower, requires resources.
It’s foolish to start a project and then run out of money, materials or men to build it. Discipleship requires we take stock and count the cost. When the disciples started to follow Jesus they dropped everything to follow Him. We may or may not have to give up everything but we do need to know what we’re willing to let go of in order to follow Chri
The question now is will you continue building your relationship with Jesus or will it remain like an unfinished tower?
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