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We are told to “count the cost” of accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Often we find people accepting Jesus as Savior.  It is apparent that we need a Savior when we consider how far short of perfection we are.  And when we are faced with the prospects of being judged by a Holy God, we are forced by common sense to accept the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. 

But the other side of the counting of cost is the necessity of allowing Jesus to be our Lord.  We are told to become like Him in every way possible.  And it doesn’t take much energy to read a few lines of the New Testament and realize what that means.  Give Him everything you are, will be, used to be, and everything you own.  Kill all your own pet desires and follow His leading for the rest of your life.  That’s the “count the cost” thingy.

We read that this counting is compared to building a house.  When a man decides to build a house and cannot finish, he will be laughed at for his failing.  I’ve often thought of that house as being a mansion.  In my experience I’ve not been able to build more than a lean to against a rotten tree on a rocky crag.  In the end, what I do will have to be enough.  For it will be what I did. 

Common sense tells me that it’s better to build a leaf shelter with rotten sticks than to not have built any shelter at all.  I’m not trying to cut the Lord’s words short.  But when I consider the stress placed on Christians by one another, it occured to me to mention these things.  Along with accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, it’s important to remember His mercy.  Though it’s a high calling the Lord places in our ears, it’s also a loving calling.  He understands our limitations. 

Happy hammering folks.

By His Grace……….

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Written by buttermilk80

April 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

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