“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build but was not able to finish?’” (Luke 14: 27 – 30.)


  Following Jesus Christ isn’t easy; it requires great sacrifice and tremendous discipline.  With every genuine profession of faith, uncomfortable changes will occur.  Every believer is called to abandon sinful activities and embrace a life of selflessness and service.  Those considering the Christian life are urged by Jesus to first “sit down first and count the cost.”  Drunkenness, fornication, pornography, adultery, lewdness and idolatry must be discarded.  Foul language, dirty humor, and selfishness must be replaced with purity, love, mercy, and truth.  Sadly, some who begin following the Lord are unable to finish the journey; they abandon God’s call, eventually returning to their old lives.

     Interestingly enough, the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang—Kunshan Grand Bridge in mainland China.  This modern marvel took four years to build and cost approximately 8.5 billion dollars.  As it snakes over rice patties, lowlands, and rivers, it measures a whopping 102 miles in length.  Bridges like this are amazing feats of engineering; and yet all bridges, despite coming in a variety of different shapes and sizes, serve one common purpose; they connect two portions of land divided by an obstacle.  Although these structures are quite useful, an unfinished bridge is of no value whatsoever.  Ninety percent of a bridge is as useful as ten percent of a bridge.  In order to be valuable the structure must be complete.  Much like a bridge, the life of every believer is useless unless it has been completed.  Throughout the centuries there have been numerous genuine disciples who have died knowing that they had kept the faith until the very end.  Sadly, many others have failed to to complete the journey.

     In proverbs Chapter 20, verse 25, we read, “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.”  If you have never made a commitment to following Jesus Christ, then you should not do so rashly.  First, you must consider fully what God is asking of you.  He is asking you to turn away from your sins and embrace a life of purity; you will need to devote your entire existence to serving and loving others.  For those who commit themselves to the Lord, the road is not easy, and there are no points for half-way.  Once the journey has begun, it must be finished.

     “Lord Heavenly Father, some of us have already begun our journey with You.  We’ve laid down our worldly ways and embraced purity and love.  May we continue moving forward and may we never falter.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit; empower us to complete what we have started, that we may one day enter Your kingdom with great joy.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

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