For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?
Count the Cost – Pay the Price
In order to make a significant impact, you are going to have to pay the price. That means that you are going to have to sacrifice. You are going to have to put into the equation your crucial contribution. Too many want to have huge returns with no investment. God has structured life in such a way that it will respond to input. Input in the right direction will result in a righteous flowering, but there has to be input.
If you have two farmers with two identical fields, both want a great crop; but they decide to go after it in different ways. One decides to just pray that a great crop will rise out of the ground. He spends six hours everyday praying for a great crop. The other works hard at fertilizing, planting, weeding, watering, hiring farm hands, and praying. Which one do you think will end up with the great crop?
God has structured life so that a certain kind of work is required for each arena of life. If you put that work in, then you receive a great result. If you do not put the work in, then you will not have a great result. Do you understand the kind, level, and duration of the work that will be required of you in the area that you want to change? Are you willing to pay that price? It is not enough to know what the price is; you must be willing to pay it.
I watch people who want a great marriage but are unwilling to pay the price for a great marriage; they just want it to magically appear. I know people who want to have financial freedom, but they are unwilling to pay the right price to gain it. I know people who want to know God deeply and intimately, but are unwilling to practice their faith and be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I know pastors who want a large church so they can impact the region and the world, but they are unwilling to do the new things that they need to do to gain the growth.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.