Jesus said: “… those who do not carry their crosses and follow Me cannot be My disciples. Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it. Otherwise, if you lay a foundation and cannot finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you.” (Luke 14:27-29)
A Sunday School teacher brought a banner to class. However, the teacher forgot to bring a stand to hold the banner. She wanted it on the table, but it would not stand by itself.
A helper said he could make a stand. He had a clever idea. He knew there were cups in the kitchen. Just before the class started, he brought a stack of cups to the classroom that made a 12 inch stack. He put the cups together and put a pin in the top to hold the banner. But, he did not have enough cups. The tower was not tall enough. The helper had a good idea, but he did not have enough cups to finish the job.
In the Bible passage, Jesus tells us we should plan our lives so we can finish the job. He said, “Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it. Otherwise, if you lay a foundation and cannot finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you.”
Jesus is telling us that if we start our lives as Christians, we should plan to continue to live as Christians. He said, “those who do not carry their crosses and follow Me cannot be My disciples.”
At our Baptism we were given a cross – not just a metal or wooden cross, but a message that we can feel. It is the message that Christ died and rose again for us. That cross is the foundation of our spiritual life – the first cup in the tower.
But Jesus tells us that to be His disciples we must not just receive the cross. We take up the cross and follow Him. We build on the foundation of faith in Jesus. We build on that foundation when we learn more about Jesus in Sunday School or devotions. We add on more to our faith as we worship, as we tell others about Jesus, as we love others and help people who are in need.
Jesus tells us to plan our lives, so it is complete. See our lives as a tower that displays the banner with the message of Jesus the Savior of our lives. Our lives will not be complete until we are in Heaven. Today we should be adding to our faith. We know that our faith is a gift from God. As He has given us faith up to now, so also will He give us a faith that will help us finish our life here so we will live forever with Him. Pray that we complete the life God has given us in Jesus.
– Reverend Joel Holls