“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it” (Luke 14:28)?
Every life is built, structured, and lived out within a framework we have manufactured for ourselves. Recognizing this, Jesus warns that before following him, it must be decided if there is a willingness to build one’s life according to his specifications. If not, don’t even bother starting because only those who endure to the end will be saved (Mt 24:13). The “house” that faith builds looks vastly different than the one constructed by earthly passions and desires.