S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
This happened in the wilderness after God, through his servant Moses, led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt: The LORD now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes.” So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran. Numbers 13:1–3 NLT
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
“Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own. Luke 14:25–33 NLT
Moving from agreement to commitment requires focus on vision over obstacles.
Do we scout ahead in faith or look ahead with skepticism?
Do you view Jesus as a “partner” in your life or a complete “owner”?
Do you regard Jesus as a consultant or as your Lord? What’s the difference?
Where are you at between agreement and commitment?
Lord, in a world where I hear things like “believe in yourself” and “do what’s right for you,” it’s sometimes tempting to consult you on my own terms. Help me trust you according to your terms, for you are God and I am not.