Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Say what? There’s a cost to this gift?

Following Christ is an interesting paradox. Salvation is freely given through him, yet it will cost you everything. Paul puts it this way.
"What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith." (Philippians 3:7-9)
Jesus speaks clearly about the cost of his free gift.
“Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33). "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:25-26)
While it is not always easy to pay the price, I say it is chump change in light of glorifying God and enjoying eternity with our loving Lord and Savior.

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