Friday, September 14 – Counting the Cost

Luke 14:28-33

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”

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By: Dino Sarantos
dsarantos@verizon.net

My journey carrying the cross of Jesus Christ and pursuing discipleship started with Alpha and has continued under the guidance of my spiritual director. My desire is to continue pursuing God’s will and plan for my life, seeking His direction and to ensure that my desires are in alignment with His plan.

After taking some time off, I decided to accept a position in the industry that I had been involved in for over 35 years. After a period of time while in this job, I became frustrated with the climate of the corporate world. I had enough of laboring without a sense of fulfillment, satisfaction and peace. In retrospect, I believe that I may have accepted this position without having the discipline and patience to prayerfully wait on God’s timing.

While continuing to work at this job, I had been praying for God to give me some reassurance that this is where He wanted me to be at this time in my life. During a spiritual retreat, the director read from Isaiah 55. We were instructed to listen to the reading and to reflect on any verses that may have spoken to us. Immediately, vs 2 resonated with me:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.

After the retreat, I began to pray fervently through this scripture as I truly believed that God had spoken to me, revealing His desire for me. Subsequent devotionals I read contained messages from Jesus, instructing me to consider leaving the past behind because He had new and exciting opportunities for me and to be courageous and wait patiently, trusting in God’s timing for next steps. 

I decided to trust obedience to leave the corporate world, and I began working on an agricultural farm. This is an interim opportunity while I continue seeking God’s direction. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work alongside another Christian gentleman and together we have ministered to and prayed for several of the workers. It has been an emotional and spiritually fulfilling opportunity for me. 

This is the first step away from the security of my previous career. I will continue to pray for God to help me not to worry about the security from my past life and to move forward, carrying my cross and following the path that leads to fulfilling the will and plan He has for my life. 

Engaging with the Scripture

Today, we are engaging with scripture with a very simple inductive method that you can apply to any passage of the Bible.

Simply, read through the verses above and consider the following three questions:

●     What are these verses saying?
●     What do they mean?
●     How do they apply to my life today?

Please share your thoughts, insights and experiences of trying to live out this scripture in the comment section below.

Worship

Songs that relate to today’s theme

INVITATION TO CELEBRATE WHAT GOD HAS BEEN DOING IN YOU THIS WEEK!

Plan to join us on Sunday from 5:00-6:00pm in Andover for a celebratory potluck meal in the Lower Hall. Bring something to share with others; we will provide soup and bread and drinks. Or join us at 6:00pm for a time of worship, sharing and prayer. Come and share how you have experienced God this week, worship Him and pray together for our children, students and ministries as they embark on a new year.

RSVP to Roselle at roselle.heckendorn@freechristian.org , so we know how many to cater for and be sure to let us know if you will need childcare!

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