God Counted the Cost
I have often gotten half way into a car repair and thought, “Why did I get myself into this? If I’d known I’d have these problems, I’d have just paid somebody else.” We often get ourselves into things without understanding what it will really take to accomplish it.
Jesus even warned us about “counting the cost” before building a grain silo or going to war. (Luke 14:28-32)
If God had known what trouble we would be, would He still have gone through with the creation? The wonderful news is that He would. We are worth the trouble to God!
When God began the creation, He had us in mind. He knew we would foul it up. He knew He would have to come and rescue us. He knew we would need Jesus, and He knew we would nail Him to a cross.
God counted the cost and instead of a prudent, “No,” He gave a resounding “Yes!”
This Sunday’s epistle to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus was not an afterthought. (Click here to read it.) God was not surprised that we needed Jesus! Hebrews tells us that God set Jesus apart as a “high priest after the order of Melchizedek.” Melchizidek was a priest-king in what is now Jerusalem, back at the time Abraham, some 2000 years before the birth of Jesus. Even then, the way was being prepared in God’s plan for Jesus’ role as our high priest and King!
Think about what that means. Even knowing the sacrifice that would be needed, God thought you were worth the trouble! So, no matter what your circumstances today, you are worth it to God and He will not forsake you!
The column appeared in the October 21, 2018 issue of St. John’s eNews. Click here for the complete issue.
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