Money principle #3: Don’t Start Without a Plan


“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”—Luke 14:28–30

Jesus uses this example to make the point that he isn’t out recruiting followers under false pretenses. If you come to him, he wants you to count the cost and consider the sacrifice. He uses the example of a man who begins a building project without considering how much it is going to cost him, and before he is finished, he’s run out of money.

It’s obvious from the story that Jesus intends the audience to instantly recognize how foolish of an act this is. This should be a lesson to us that even a largely uneducated peasant audience knows that you don’t start a project without counting the cost first.

This article was originally published on October 31, 2016 by Article re-posted with permission. Click here to read the original article.