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“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?” (Luke 14:28)Being in relationship with God is not easy. As seen in Jesus’s example, it costs. Now, before you start thinking about such verses as, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30) or “My grace is sufficient” (2 Cor. 12:9), I’m not referring to the enabling ability of God to support the disciple. I am talking about to what level the acolyte is willing to surrender in order to have a relationship with the Father.
My experience is that most people want only that portion of a relationship with God they perceive is beneficial. Be that going to heaven, strength in times of trials, hope when things are difficult, etc. Most persist in holding onto that portion of their lives they enjoy and which they sense brings them a sense of fulfillment or meaning. Even if, that aspect of life, deprives them of a deeper intimacy with God.
Unless we consider the cost of a relationship with God and accept it, we inevitably will experience an unfinished and unfulfilling, relationship with God.