Calculate the cost

Luke 14:28

“For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

Maraming mga tao ang mataas mangarap and they will always say: “If God’s willing,  kaya ko ito. Kahit hindi ko kaya, kakayanin ko.” I am referring to many things and ambitions that are far beyond our capacity to achieve. Of course, kelangan natin ng faith. Kelangan natin ng pananalig sa Panginoon na tutulungan nya tayo. But one thing na napapansin ko sa mga Christians ay ang pagiging bulag sa katotohanan. Basta sasabihin nila ‘by faith lang yan’ sa bibig but without calculating the cost. They usually fail because they actually lack faith and vision. Hindi nila alam saan sila dudukot ng lakas pag dumating na ang mga pagsubok. They don’t know the cost.

Bibili ng kotse at pajero, para lang ipagmagara. Low-downpayment. Buy now, pay later. Magpapatayo ng pagkataas-taas na bahay para lang ipagyabang.  Kahit alam na kulang na talaga ang sweldo, bibili pa din ng luho makasunod lang sa uso kahit hindi naman talaga kelangan.

Masarap sumabay sa luho ng iba, bumili ng bagong damit, sapatos, kotse at magpagawa ng bahay. Pero kaya mo ba talaga i-sustain ang ganyang lifestyle? Don’t impress people for things you cannot afford.

Without calculating the cost, most people fail to succeed. Maganda din alam natin ang position natin sa mga bagay. The more you see the goal, the more it is likely you can shoot the ball. Kita mo ba yung basketball player sa free throw line? Very focus sya sa ring. Para pag release nya ng bola, papunta sa goal to shoot the ball.

Kaya ko bang bayaran ito? May pambayad ba ako? Paano kung mawalan ako ng work? Paano kung hindi na ako makabayad? May safety net ba ako? Kaya ko bang yakapin ang haliging ito?

Jesus is clear in Luke 14:28: Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him. Maganda ang sabi ng Panginoon na alamin muna natin ang halaga o ang gastos bago tayo magsimula, dahil pag hindi natin natapos yan, magmumukha tayong katawa-tawa.

 

 

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