Remodeling our kitchen would be awesome! Who doesn’t want an inspiring kitchen? Brand new cabinets…new counter tops…new pantry…new hardware… It would make life feel brand new—like we arrived at a new level!
BUT…it would cost us an arm and a leg in our current financial season, and so, we don’t do anything. Sound familiar? We all have something huge that’s going to cost a huge amount, and so the stalemate remains, and nothing changes.
BUT…it is also true, everything great in life comes with a great cost. It requires a decision, planning, and the necessary time. If we go through the process, it will become reality.
This is true even of your identity. God has made you great…and the fully formed version of you comes at a great cost. We don’t just become who God says we are without the painstaking process of paying the price. The greater version of you will always take time, expense, and sacrifice.
If there’s no cost to you becoming greater, then your desires will remain only fantasy.
Jesus said it this way, “Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple. Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?” (Luke 14:27-28, The Message) This is why so many of us don’t forge ahead into our hopes and visions. We don’t actually consider the actual cost, and so we give up on our pursuits as soon as the costs increase. Let’s keep in mind, though, there is a greater motivational truth.
God sees you as great, and so your future was, first, expensive to Him. It cost Him His Son! That’s the simple and awesome truth: God is already loving you into your future. Let’s settle it in our hearts, then, that we will join them in an unfolding great life.
Armed with this truth: begin sowing the believing thoughts of letting go of your current comforts for seeing your future come into reality. Our current securities will always pale in comparison to what we know belongs to us tomorrow. We just have to believe.
Today, would you make it our prayer, “Lord, I do believe. Help me in my unbelief!” (Luke 9:24)