Follow Through

"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? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'" - Luke 14:28‭-‬30 NASB As we look forward to a new series at PPCC (Small Giant: Being Great Instead of Big) we are in the process of creating our own unique culture. According to Google culture is defined as the social behavior and norms found in human societies. And whether it's business, family or church, anywhere people are together culture is sure to follow. So, in today's devotion, I'd like to share with you one aspect of the culture we hope to create. It's called follow through; a community that finishes what they start. In Seth Godin's book "The Dip" he says, "if you're going to quit, quit before you start." In other words, if you're not going to follow through don't start in the first place! This is effectively what Jesus said in Luke 14:28-30. Talking to a large crowd, Jesus tells the people that being a Christian means following through. He illustrates the idea with two different stories, one of which is a man building a tower. (Now it's important to note that in this story the issue of cost is actually an issue of will, nothing else.) Jesus goes on to reveal that following him will cost everything a person has. His challenge is that we would weigh that cost and either follow through or walk away. As Christians, it's vital that we have a culture of follow through. Whether it's in laying down our lives for Christ (our most important journey) or in our commitments to one another and the norms we develop as a family. What we say is what we should do. This is what it means to have a culture of follow through! Questions to Consider: Are you following through with your commitment to living for Jesus? Are you following through with your commitments to serve other Christians? Are you following through with God's call to holiness?

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