“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not 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…Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able…Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.”Luke 14:28-32, (NKJV)
The above is the go-to verse for scriptural backing on the need for comprehensive planning before starting a business or any other endeavour. However, when you read that portion in the context of the surrounding verses, what Jesus was really trying to say becomes a bit clearer; the cost of becoming like Jesus – the cost of discipleship.
Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples… In the same way,” concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have.”Luke 14:25-27, 33 (Good News Version)
Notice Jesus already had a large following by this time before He made those statements about counting the cost. Becoming a follower of Jesus and a child of God requires you to do nothing other than to accept God’s gift of Grace by Faith, believe with your heart and confess with your lips Jesus as your Saviour. The requirements of becoming a disciple of Jesus though – of becoming someone who is determined to continue to grow unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ – is a bit more stringent.
Could it be that the reason you’re experiencing much frustration in your walk in God is because you’re yet to sit down to see the requirements of discipleship and ask yourself; “Can I pay this price?” The wonderful truth is that God will not ask of us anything He has not given us in the first place.
Until you come to this point, however, becoming a disciple of Jesus would be nothing short of an experiment, characterised by one false start after the other.