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.” Luke 14:28–30
While these verses have a number of powerful implications, I will touch on a very straightforward aspect of Jesus’ words.
Clearly, Jesus expects us to plan and consider aspects including “the cost”, which can be more than just the financial component. The Lord gives each of us unique skills and talents; He has provided time and resources. He has the expectation for us to use them for His glory.
Remember Paul’s words in Colossians 3:23–24, “In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you are were doing it for the Lord, not for people... You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Obviously, your plans should be God-inspired, God-directed and God-assisted. It is important to go to the Lord in prayer in all aspects of your life, especially in the workplace.
God does not want you to be mocked if the project is not finished and you do not want Him to be mocked because you are a child, servant and believer in Him.
Also, remember not to be a mocker. Ephesians 4:29 makes that clear: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Let us choose God’s plan over man’s plan by:
- Praising our triune God: Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, at all times. He is love, the source of riches, goodness, forgiveness, wisdom, talents, time and grace; and,
- Asking for God’s help to remind us to sit down and consider the cost before we proceed with any venture.