To be sure, counting the cost when you are preparing to undertake a project is both wise and profitable. The “tower” in this verse could be a watchtower, a farm building, or some other building project, such as a business enterprise. Sitting down to count the cost implies a serious approach, one marked by diligence and patience. If you have ever been involved in a building project of any kind, you undoubtedly took the time to count the cost on the front end—or you found yourself wishing you had!
But when it comes to counting the cost of building your life upon the Rock of Jesus Christ, what cost is really worth counting? Jesus counted the cost of bringing us into His family of faith . . . and the cost was unimaginable. He paid for us with His precious blood and did not withhold a single drop! But that’s not all. There was the cost of His relationship to His Father; Christ hung forsaken on the cross, while His Father poured out His wrath on Him for all our sins. Yet God was pleased to make His precious Son the foundation-stone in Zion upon which we would build our lives.
So . . . before you get busy building God’s kingdom, is there any cost worth counting in light of the cost Jesus paid for us? Is there any cost worth counting in light of the fact that whatever we are building for His glory we are building for eternity? Keeping in view past grace given and future grace promised, is there any cost are we not willing to pay to keep this pearl of great price? Let’s take a look at what we’ve received and what we’ve been promised:
- Accepted in the Beloved
- Forgiveness of sins
- Adoption into the family of faith
- From slaves to sons and daughters
- Perfection in the Beloved
- Promised rest
- Completed consolation
- Eternal joy
Having earned nothing and having been given everything, we are strengthened and sustained to withhold no service, fear no storm, and neglect no season—
“He holds no parley with unmanly fears,
Where duty bids he confidently steers.
Faces a thousand dangers at her call,
And, hoping in his God, surmounts them all.”
Jesus counted the cost to redeem us and unhesitatingly paid it in full. He was rejected by those who knew Him well. Will the world’s disapproval keep us from paying the price? He was betrayed by one of His disciples. Will losing friends keep us from paying the price? He was denied by one of His closest friends. Will rejection keep us from paying the price? He was scourged and nailed to a cross and died for our sins. Will the fear of suffering or death keep us from paying the price?
Remember, our salvation is a free gift, but it cost Jesus everything! There really is no cost worth counting when we keep the Gospel in our sights. As Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he had great opposition from the likes of Tobias and Sanballat, but he kept on building. And it did it with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other. May we be so committed to the cause of Christ that we too continue to build, no matter what disapproval or opposition or threats we face.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!