As a young man, I wasn’t very good at counting the cost of my actions.
In my teenage years I developed a love for motor bikes and I started hanging around a wild group of people whose lives revolved around bikes and parties.
In 1981, I bought a 1000cc Kawasaki (One of the biggest bikes around back in the 1970’s) Oh how I loved this bike, it was shiny and powerful!
Later that year I also found myself picking grapes in Mildura.
One day a dust storm came up and we knocked off work and took refuge down on the Murray river. That day I made the dumb choice to drink alcohol and then to ride home.
I took the wrong turn heading back to the farm where we were staying. As I rounded a tight corner I wasn’t expecting, the bike drifted sideways and took out a couple of guide posts (The old wooden ones). Fortunately, I wasn’t badly hurt, and I hadn’t hurt anyone else… but my beautiful bike was bent and broken. Oh, if I had only stopped and counted the cost of my actions.
God has been inviting people since the beginning of time into relationship with Him, to be part of His Kingdom coming here on earth as His church.
He doesn’t want us to make a dumb, rash, or uninformed decision to do this though. Jesus called us to seriously consider His call and to count the cost of making a choice to follow Jesus and become part of His family, the Church.
When Jesus was here he said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9 :23-25
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