Text: Luke 14:28-32
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—” Luke 14:28
In as much as God is committed to fulfilling your expectations, these expectations won’t come through by wishing but by result-oriented plan (Prov 16:9;23:18). Plans help you to set your priorities and device programs; what to be done now, tomorrow, next week or later. Breaking them down this way helps you to spread your objectives and to achieve your goals without stress, struggles and wastage, as energy is well focused.
In our text today, our Lord Jesus teaches us key lessons in wise planning. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—” (Luke 14:28).
First and foremost, having gained a vision of what you want to do or where you are going, you must sit down first. When that business or project idea drops into your mind, the first thing is not to hastily start it but to sit down first. Don’t be ruled by your emotions. Don’t be under pressure. Sit down first to plan before you start. This is where many goof. Planning is deciding beforehand what is to be done, when it is to be done, how it is to be done and who is going to do it. Failing to plan can halt a project and bring shame. It can truncate a beautiful destiny. The only way to avoid grounded destiny, unfulfilled dreams, project failure and business bankruptcy is to sit down first to plan and to develop a program of action or action plan for the accomplishment of the goal, with step by step objectives. If you don’t have time to sit down now, you will eventually re-sit in the future, just like students re-sit for a failed examination. It is those who sit down now that will rise up and shine tomorrow.
Friends, it takes wise planning to be effective and productive in every life project, including your spiritual life, ministry, family, business and academics. Sitting down first is foremost in the process of wise planning.
1. Father, please, help me to always sit down first rather than acting hastily in any life endeavour in Jesus name.
2. Father, I receive Your wisdom to set priorities and to devise action plans that will lead to success in Jesus name.
1. I achieve my dreams and reach my goals because I sit down first to think before starting any project.
2. God fulfills my expectations because they are backed up with result-oriented plans.