Usually we hear about how free! salvation in Christ is for us. 1 Just come as you are…. That is all true. Yes.
The Cost to God
Providing salvation for us cost Jesus His life. THAT cost Him. “It cost God plenty!” He came down to earth from His Glory, leaving behind His “normal”, and became a lowly human for 33 years. He allowed humans to treat Him evilly. THAT cost Him.
You accept – He forgives.
Salvation is free in the sense that we pay no money, pay no church, pay no official, don’t have to “clean-up your life”… in order to accept God’s salvation. But salvation is not “free” to anyone: it will cost you dearly.
The cost to you is comparatively nothing when you know what God is offering us. It’s like…
*When drowning – you must raise your hand to the rescuer. How costly is that?
*What “cost” is it for you if you have to walk up the hill to get a pot of gold?
Matthew 18:3…”I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The costly life of a true believer
Are you living the costly life of a true believer, one who is truly saved? Life Is Short. Can you say with confidence: Now I belong to Jesus? Simply believe in the name of Jesus (but know it will cost you). It matters… forever.
“Your life is a journey you must travel
with a deep consciousness of God.
It cost God plenty
to get you out of that dead-end,
empty-headed life you grew up in.
He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know.
He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb….”
– 1 Peter 1:18-21 The Message (MSG)
- Have you “come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God”?
- See BibleGateway list of references to: “the name of Jesus“.