Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish”. Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
Count the cost!
If you don’t value godliness very highly in your life, then you’ll find that even if you set godly goals for yourself, eventually you’ll decide that the cost is too high. So the Lord is saying to you today as He did on the day he spoke these words in Palestine: “count the cost” (NKJV).
As you think about what you believe God wants to accomplish in your life, what would need to happen in your life for that to become reality? Are you willing for those things to happen? God will help you, but you must choose.