I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children are blessed. – Psalm 37:25-26
Jesus defined His own culture. He did not live in anybody’s culture. He integrated the public one into His own. Why? Because that is the way He could get their attention and then start to influence them. He strategically planned it that way. However, we His followers follow-up others culture and get confused due to improper planning.
Christianity is like belonging to a company. There is always a starting point. Again just like when one enters into a university. By Luke 14:25, the crowd following Jesus had grown but He knew that many of them were purposeless and useless enthusiasts. Many in those crowds did not know that the way to the cross is key to His worship and it was, and is still no pathway for light-hearted mediocre who were and are still in the majority (Luke 14:33).
The moment God created you He had a master plan for your life (Jeremiah 1:5). The talent God deposited inside of us must be there because God wanted that talent to grow to benefit us. However, there is lack of faith to nurture that talent through obedience to our mentors. Do you know your mentor? Can you walk their walk? Then when we fail, it is our faith that has failed us and that is the reason we give up. We do not count the cost of what we are about to do. We ought to always think about what we do and say. We are the architects of out own future. Do we have a plan B in our adventures in life?
In Luke 14:26-29 Jesus talked about three main things. In leaving our family members we ought to forsake many nice things dear and pleasurable to us, sacrifice those things and observe our environment and PLAN for the future by the assessment of yesterday’s experience with today’s tallying of knowledge (seeing what is happening to us today vis-a-vis what happened in the past) and project it onto the future.
Planning for our future involves knowing who we are.
Knowing who we are enables us to know what we can give and/or take even in marriage: Our greatest problem. That is next!