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? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him. Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace. So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:28-35)
Have you, in observing certain individuals, discover you are able to see into the huge potential in their lives? Have you, the ability to see the disciplines or the groundwork needed for them to reach that potential? In other words, to become who they are set to be in ten years, twenty years, thirty, forty or even fifty years in the future, there are disciplines, boundaries that need to be established and built up now. If we truly believe the destination of where we are aiming for, we will be faithful to build, to sow into the groundwork, to invest into what God is doing in us now. We know God is not a haphazard Person, nor is He someone who gives in to chance; He does not work in a random, hit or miss way. Though compassionate, merciful, and good, our God is intentional, ordered and impartial. The Bible tells us that His every word hits targets He intended; every word which goes forth from His mouth, does not return to Him empty; every word accomplishes His desire, and succeeds in the matter which He sent it. He is a good Businessman; He is a good Steward.
Consider this: Who would go into war as civilians; who would go to war not fully understanding the disciplines of a soldier. Who would go up against another with very little knowledge of the nature of the war he has entangled himself in. Is it possible that with God, He intends to match the bigness of our dreams to even bigger underground, hidden preparation work; that with Him, He is interested in the bigness inside of us? So when He calls us to Himself, we would not be found like luxuriant plants on the outside, with shallow, poor, small roots. Instead, may He finds us having giant healthy and robust roots that supports the overflowing life on the surface. After all, our true identity is to be oaks of righteousness that last eternity.