Luke 14:28 (NLT)
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”
Probably no one (except the State of Illinois, then the complaint of shutting down schools and kids programs starts, but that’s another story). Yet, I’m prone to get the numbers to the point that I want to see and then move from there. It might or might not reflect reality.
The question is: what are we building for God? Maybe more importantly, why? Are we building for ourselves to glorify God, or are we building to his blueprint for him? Are we being the vessel that God uses to do his work, or are we trying to do God’s work for him for our glory?
Psalm 33:4 (NLT)
4 For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
God has built everything and it is a completed work – it is finished. He knew the cost, he got to the end. The end is the beginning for us. He sent us a variety of spiritual gifts and we’re called to use them. We don’t know the cost, but it’s not our building we’re building.