ALWAYS A PRICE TO PAY

Carey Scott

Few things in this life are free. If we want things, we must pay. The amount we are willing to spend will determine what we can get and the quality of what we get. The more you want the more it is going to cost you.  A car is expensive in the first place. You can buy a used car that is ugly and dented, but if it gets you where you need to go and works for you, you can handle it. If you want a newer car, it is going to cost more. If you want power windows, heated seats, navigation or any other number of accessories; there is a price to pay.

Just about anything you can buy offers choices to you. You might look at different brands, colors, sizes or whatever. What you choose to buy is up to you most of the time. Sure there are some things that are out of reach of our available funds, and we learn we must settle for less than what we really want. I may want a large house, but if all I can afford is a mobile home, then I have to learn to be happy in what I can afford. If I want something better, I learn that I have to improve myself to get a better paying job. I must learn to budget and control my money carefully. Even then, there are things that are out of my control in what I am able to do and afford.

Everything has a price, and that price has an effect upon whatever savings I may be trying to hold on to. Tires need to be fixed or replaced.  Appliances break down; cars break down; lawnmowers break down; in fact most everything breaks down sooner or later. If I am not careful, I may break down; then look at what that is going to cost.

There are things that have a cost associated which most people do not consider. The cost of sin carries a huge price tag. Most of the time, sin is nothing more than selfish desires becoming realities. Sometimes the cost can be pricey. A person who drinks, gets drunk, then drives and gets caught will have a price of lawyers, fines, driver’s license suspension, not to mention the social stigma from the community.    

Some people seem to get away from these costs by not getting caught by the authorities. But they will have to pay a price later on. The price of sin is spiritual death. This is being separated from God. Isaiah 59:2 tells us that our sins separate us from God. Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death. Revelation 20 reveals that those who are separated from God will go into the second death, the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.  Jesus Himself paints a horrible picture of the place reserved for Satan and his followers.

Now, consider the price that God paid for your sins. God sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth to be the atoning sacrifice for your sin. Jesus willingly died on the cross so you do not have to pay the price for your sin.

Now, there is also a price you must pay to be spared the pain and agony of the eternal torment reserved for you. You must deny yourself and serve the Lord Jesus as God. You must cease all the sins of your life and go through life the way God wants you to behave. You must obey all of God’s commands. You must leave your lusts and sinful desires behind and seek the life that will produce for you an eternal weight of glory in heaven. Have you counted the cost of serving God? Read Luke 14:25-33 to read about the cost to become a disciple of Jesus.

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