Have you ever tried to assemble a flat pack and got part of the way, before you realised it was wrong and you needed to take it apart? Well, I have. What a frustration. I wished I had taken a moment to read the vague instructions. “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.” (Luke 14:28)
Jesus was talking about building a large and significant structure. It was a very big goal, a long undertaking, a significant project and a challenging achievement.
Do you desire to build something significant and worthwhile? Establish and create a big vision? If we answer yes, then we need to learn to have the wisdom to build.
Jesus said, “first sit down”. Now this is not usually the first thing we do. We want to get on with it – to go for it and get it done! Yet Jesus wants us to know that great achievements must begin with first sitting down.
It may seem a strange way to begin – by sitting down. Too many rush into what they want to see happen. Although a sense of urgency is often important, it does not mean we should rush or hurry. Great achievements aren’t rushed or attempted without thoughtful planning. Before we begin, we need to sit down and think, pray and plan.
Wisdom begins by thinking, so what should we think about? What do we want to achieve? What will it look like when its finished? What resource do we have? What will we need? What are we prepared to give? What are we prepared to do? Who can help?
If we don’t make time to first sit down and think, plan and pray, then we will achieve nothing that will be significant or lasting.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at your thinking and planning.