# “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” (Lk. 14:28)

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“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” (Lk. 14:28)

 We work with costs every day  Calculated costs of running a business  Cost of not running your business  Cost of working too little  Cost of working too much  Cost of clothing, gas, food, house, car, insurance, etc.  Cost of having children  cost of not having children  Cannot live life responsibility without being sensitive to cost

 LUKE14:28-32  28 "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 —  29 "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  30 "saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish?’  31 "Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?  32 "Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.  LUKE14:28-32  28 "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 —  29 "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  30 "saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish?’  31 "Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?  32 "Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.

 “intending to build a tower”  Good intentions without cost consideration and a plan formulation is foolishness  How many people buy and build without cost consideration  “all who begin to see it begin to mock him”  Starting a project without finishing it makes you look foolish to God and men  Is it tower building that God is concerned with?  It’s character and commitment building!

 “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8; 2 Cor. 11:22ff)

 Cost and the Kingdom  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45, 46)  Obviously considered the cost of what was to be gained/lost  Perceived the difference of beautiful pearls  Pearl “of great price” has a “great cost/reward”  Do those view the kingdom of heaven this way when they “willfully” miss worship on the Lord’s Day to do other things  Have you counted the cost when you said, “I will” to Christ in Baptism?

 “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Mk. 8:33)  Where is my mind throughout the week?  What am I mindful of on Sunday’s and Wednesdays?  Count the cost!

 Have you counted the cost to engage in the fight of faith?  The cost of earthly time  Heaven’s business demands your time  Time to worship, study, edify, teach, lead, upkeep, etc.  The cost of earthly gain  “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Lk. 14:33)  Matthew 19:21, 22  1 Corinthians 16:1, 2  The cost of going to war to defend the truth (Lk. 14:31, 32; Josh. 11:18)  Strong in grace; live it; defend it (2 Tim. 2:1-4)

 The Rich Young Ruler didn’t count the cost at what he walked away from  A personal invitation from the King of kings to be a fellow disciple  Perhaps he could have ended up writing a book in God’s Holy word; name written in heaven, a friend of God…  Time to spend with the greatest person on earth  Time to spend with God on earth  Opportunity to converse with God directly  Opportunity to witness firsthand the power of Christ  Eternity

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 "Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 "Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Cost  Deny self (v. 34)  Turn your mind from the things of men to God (v. 33)  Take up cross (v. 34)  Willingness to die  Follow (v. 34)  Deny self (v. 34)  Turn your mind from the things of men to God (v. 33)  Take up cross (v. 34)  Willingness to die  Follow (v. 34) Profit  Save soul

Cost/Profit (Mk. 8:33-37) Choice Desire to save Life Lose life for gospel sake Cost Lose Life Saves life WHAT IS PROFITABLE EXCHANGE? GAIN WHOLE WORLDLOSES HIS OWN SOUL Do you have a price? What will a man give in exchange for his soul? Eternal Regret (Lk. 16:24; 27, 28; 2 Pet. 2:20, 21)

Related: 1 Corinthians 10:13, 14

 There is a cost associate with the choice to sin  Hebrews 4:4-6: 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

 Sin and righteousness are choices (Heb. 11:25; Josh. 24:15)  Sin is a choice to rebel against heaven’s law (Rom. 4:15; 1 Jn. 3:4)  Which means  Sin is hostile against Jesus  The sinner essentially stands with the crowd chanting “crucify Him”  The sinner puts Him to “open shame”  Any sin is serious!

 Open shame – disgrace/dishonor  Children can bring honor or “open shame” upon their parents (Prov. 19:26; Col. 3:20)  Wife can bring honor or “open shame” upon her husband (Prov. 12:4)  “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones” (Prov. 12:4.)  The transgressing Christian brings “open shame” upon his Lord (Heb. 4:6)  When we sin we declare “open season” upon the Christ and bring rottenness in his bones (Eph. 5:30)

Let’s Move A Little Closer To Specific Examples Of

The Sin  Anger Without Just Cause The Cost  Murder  Cain & Abel  Crucifixion of Christ  Danger of judgment  “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…” (Matt. 5:22)  Voids worship (Matt. 5:23, 24)

The Sin  Adultery/Fornication The Cost  Your wife/husband (Matt. 19:9)  Your life (Prov. 7:9-23)  “Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life” (Prov. 7:23)  Your conscience  Guilty, etc (Prov. 7:14-19)  Uses what is right for unlawful indulgence (pay vows to break vows!)  Your purity (1 Cor. 6:16)  Judgment (Heb. 13:4)  Happiness (David)

The Sin  False Worship (Jn. 4:24) The Cost  Rendered useless worship (Matt. 15:9)  Disapproval of God (Matt. 15:13)  Insults God  Death (Nadab and Abihu)  Exchanges the commands of God with the commandments of men (Matt. 15:2, 3)

The Sin  Join together with erring Christians The Cost  Corrupts good habits (1 Cor. 15:33)  Disobeys God’s command (2 Thess. 3:14)  Does not help the one in error  Shares in his sin (2 Jn. 9-11)

The Sin  Gossip, Whispering, Slander (1 Tim. 5:13)  Intent is to destroy and defame another by:  Repeating a matter to justify own error  Twisting a truth to make another look bad The Cost  Separates friends (Prov. 16:28; 17:9)  Causes strife (Prov. 26:20)  Destroyed by God (Ps. 101:5)

 “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Prov. 10:18)  Slander has lying lips and a heart of hatred  Slander intends to defame another with a false, misleading report or accusation  “the act or offense of saying something false or malicious that damages somebody's reputation” (Encarta)  “…Do you think that David really honors your father because he has sent comforters to you? Has David not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, to spy it out, and to overthrow it?” (2 Sam. 10:3)  “Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words’” (Amos 7:10)  “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon’” (Lk. 7:33)  “But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” (Job 1:11) Biblical Examples Misleading Impressions

 “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Prov. 10:18)  Slander has lying lips and a heart of hatred  Slander intends to defame another with a false, misleading report or accusation  “the act or offense of saying something false or malicious that damages somebody's reputation” (Encarta)  Accuse someone for being a busybody when he pointed out sin  Charge a church for believing in witchcraft because some read Harry Potter books  Charge a church with “no love” because they discipline the unruly  Leave church falsely accusing gospel preacher as being too abrasive (such was really a 5 th reason)  Justifies children’s unfaithfulness and bad behavior by asserting the poor conduct of another Modern Examples Misleading Impressions

 Can a member of the church, who believes he was wronged by another member of the church, tell others about an alleged wrong without first telling the accused and be acceptable to Christ?  Matthew 18:15, 16 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

 “Brother A” is supposedly privately wronged by “Brother B”  “Brother A” should make a public scene of it and go to another church until brethren start calling him to find out what is wrong  “Brother A” should get mad and stand aloof from “Brother B”  won’t talk with him on the phone, e-mail or in person?  “Brother A” should tell “Brother C” about “B”  which may cause distancing between “C” and “B”  “Brother A” should reveal to a group of Brethren (D, E, F, G) about “Brother B”  Which may cause a distancing of brethren from “B”  “Brother A” should vent on Facebook to draw others in  “Brother A” should go to “Brother B” to tell him his fault alone

 “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered” (Prov. 11:9)  Heavenly support of the falsely accused…  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake” (Matt. 5:11)  “having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed” (1 Pet. 3:16)

 “A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame” (Prov. 13:5)  “Let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity” (Job 31:6)  “Providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men” (2 Cor. 8:21)

 What is repentance?  “to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins” (Online Bible Greek Lexicon)  Repentance is a beautiful but hard thing (pride)  We go from being enemies of God to friends of God  Wear ashes before you wear a white robe (Job 42:6)  There is a tremendous cost involved in refusing to repent in humility  Makes it harder on family/friends relationships  Held accountable for crucifying the Son of God afresh

AN APPROVED PRAYER CLOTHED WITH REPENTANCE:

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