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The Parable of the Tower

“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? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

“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? 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. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Luke 14: 28 – 33

C S Lewis the famous author was a confirmed atheist in his 20’s. When he was 29 he changed his mind and became a theist, believing there was a God but not in any particular God. In 1931, following a long discussion during a late-night walk along Addison’s Walk with close friends Tolkien and Hugo Dyson he became convinced that Christianity was true. He records making a specific commitment to Christian belief later while on his way to the zoo with his brother. For Lewis Christianity appealed to both the intellect and to the heart.

Jesus makes reference to that in this parable. Doesn’t someone who is embarking on an important undertaking first count the cost? Don’t they work out the pro’s and con’s of doing something before they do it?

Quite clearly for Jesus the pro’s of faith far outweighed the con’s. As he was the Messiah and he came from heaven I wonder what he knew that he didn’t tell us? He was so convinced of the pro’s because he had first-hand experience of them.

If the pro’s so outweigh the con’s then nothing in this life should get in the way. Perhaps the truth of that will only become clear when we are on the other side and see things as Jesus saw them.

Prayer: Father help me to love dearly but hold lightly all the things of this world that will ultimately pass away.

Action: Spend some time thinking about what heaven will be like. Read Revelation 21.


This Thought was written by Norman Smith