Luke 14:28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?”
In Luke 14 Jesus talked about the dedication demanded from everyone who would be His disciple. Verse 20 put forth a requirement that seems extreme to the point of cruelty. Often misused by those who would subvert the scriptures for their own gain, this verse tells us that discipleship demands a conscious decision to put Jesus above all else in our lives.
This decision must be carefully made. Verses 28-30 explain this concept in terms His original listeners could understand. He was warning against starting down the path to discipleship and then being unwilling to pay the full price demanded. He was saying “Consider the full price of discipleship before you commit yourself to the process.”
What was Jesus’ tower? What tested his level of commitment to determine if He was willing to pay the full price and complete the task.
The answer, of course, is the CROSS. The cross was the tower Jesus had already decided to complete. He had been tempted by Satan in the desert after his baptism. At that point in his life He had refused any shortcuts or compromises. From that moment on his entire life had been directed toward completing the sacrifice that would allow Him to take the blame and burden for our sins.
That resolve was to be tested again in Gethsemane. In that garden He again looked inside himself to see if He could complete His tower. The result of the self-examination was his statement to the Father “…thy will be done.” (Matthew 26:42) Jesus’ entire life had been preparation for this final decision and when the time came He was up to the task. (His final statement of “It is finished” was the announcement that the tower was complete.)
Will our tower demand such sacrifice? Probably not.. Have we been given some sort of tower to build.? Certainly! Do we have the resolve to finish it?