Everyone says the gift of salvation is free but, in reality, it costs.
Imagine if someone gives you a new home or a fancy car. Glory to God!. Then after the â€œhoneymoonâ€ is over, you have to pay the taxes on the â€œgift.â€ If it is a car, you have to register it. If it is a home, you need to furnish it. If it is a car, you have to buy gas. If it is a home, you have to pay utilities. Both will need to be properly insured. Both require regular maintenance. Both, during the course of their existence, will require repair.
Likewise with salvationâ€¦it may cost you your friends. Salvation may cost you your family. It may cost you your job. It will definitely cost you pleasures of the flesh. Yes, salvation is free but it has ongoing costs. But it is well worth it!
First of all, you have the gift of everlasting life and eternal reward. Your eternal life begins at the moment of salvation and continues into eternity! God has promised all our work will be tried by fire; some will be consumed as hay or stubble â€“ others will come forth as silver and gold.
Second, Jesus said He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). So, the more we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, the greater will our reward be not only in the hereafter, but in the here-and-now as well.
That is good Gospel News!
Â© 2010 â€“ Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)