My mother-in-law taught me to start a crochet pattern by working the first round into an open loop, then when you found you had room for all the stitches, to tie it off tight. That way there was no huge loop in the centre or a too teeny one that had to be ripped out.
It seemed quite prudent to follow her instructions. No matter if there were too many or too few stitches, the loop would always be the right size. That’s pretty much the advice Jesus gave in Luke 14:28-33:
“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.
So have you really taken the time to consider the cost of following Jesus? Are you giving him your all or did you under estimate the cost?
Prayer – Father God, We appreciate all you did for us by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Quite frankly, anything you ask of us is not very much at all. Amen