Not far from my home, along interstate 68 in Maryland, a replica of Noah's Ark is being built. It is going to be actual size and house a church and a gymnasium. It should be very impressive when completed.
However, it was begun in 1976. It is well over 40 years and it is still just the partial framework.
The man building it is confident that he can convince the neighbors to donate the adjacent land that is needed and he is just as sure that all funding will be forthcoming.
However, locally, it is kind of a joke.
Everyone mocks him just like the biblical Noah was mocked for believing that it would rain and flood the earth.
The steel structure seems to be, a giant monument to his failure to plan.
I do not know the true circumstances of his funding, or lack thereof. I do not know if the land rumors are true or false. But it does seem to me that it may forever just be a shell of what might have been.
Jesus was talking to his disciples and teaching them about, well, discipleship. He used the following verses as part of His teaching:
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ (Luke 14:28-30 ESV)
Makes me wonder about all the people that come into the faith without considering the cost. How many people want the faith without being willing to give up the world.
Many want God on Sunday and the world every other day. But God wants all of us.
We all must "give up" certain things to follow Jesus. Is it worth it to you?
What on this earth could be more valuable and cherish able than our salvation?
It's up to each of us, we must choose. Have you counted the cost, or are you building a giant monument of failure?