How much does it cost to be a Christian?

 Written by: Damian Chambers | 10/29/2015 8:00:29 PM |

In today’s high-speed, highly competitive economy, producers (manufacturers) are looking for the most cost-effective ways to produce goods while maintaining its quality.  While on the other hand consumers are seeking for goods that are affordable, but gives value for the money.

Now, let’s get back to our topic, ‘how much does it cost to be a Christian?’ ‘Does it cost too much?’

In response to a young man’s question, ‘what shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ Jesus gave (what would appear to be) a hard answer.

He said, “If thou wiltbe perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me” (Matt. 19:21).

For the young man, it would cost him everything.  And he thought it too much to pay, for, according to the Bible, “he had great riches.”

For some of us it probably wouldn’t cost us as much as it would cost the young man, because we might not have great riches.

But it may cost us

  • an illicit relationship,
  • a high-paying job,
  • our time for partying,
  • our reputation in the eyes of friends.

Which some of us consider too much of a great price to pay.

But, are we really counting the cost? Are we seriously considering the value of eternal life in comparison to the things we may have to give it up for?

Let’s take a second look at the rich young ruler’s encounter with Christ.  The young man asked, “What shall I do that I may have ETERNAL LIFE?”  Big question.

How much does eternal life cost? How much would you pay for trillions of years in eternity?

The truth is, you can’t pay for it!

We cannot afford it if we had to pay.  Even with our own life, we cannot afford eternal life.

Eternal life is purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ.

According to the word of God, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18, 19).

Peter also said to Simon the sorcerer, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20).

Salvation will cost us everything, but it is worth it.

For Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting” (Luke 18:29, 30).

When compared to the glory of the eternal world, our ‘everything’ seems like nothing, and will be nothing if we hold on to it.

According to what Jesus said, “‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall loseit: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul’” (Matthew 16:24-26)?

The best thing that we can do is to say like Paul, “…I count all things but) loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Phil. 3:8).

Anything that God may ask us to give up, we can be assured that He is only asking us to give it up because it is standing in our way of seeing Him. For “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

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