Happy Friday! It is March 3, 2023. An old hymn still rings in my ears: “Jesus Paid It All.” How true! But that is referring to my past sins, not my future character. That will cost! And the quality I can expect will depend on the price I’m willing to pay. How much is your future worth to you? Read on …
Numbers 32,33; Mark 10
“But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?’” (Mark 10:38)
There is a price. Salvation is free, but everything else costs — whether it is a strong ministry, healthy family, life-long friends, or financial strength … it all comes with a price. You can get things more cheaply, but the maintenance comes regularly and at a high cost. Or you can pay a higher premium in the beginning, and you won't have nearly as many breakdowns. Proverbs 20:21 says, "An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end."
The Bible speaks about the price we must be willing to pay. It will include some pain, some patience, resilience, and perseverance. It requires a willing-hearted determination to a call, a readiness to pursue God’s best … whatever the cost. It involves a commitment to never stop paying the price for growth, health, and sparkling relationships. Relationships will become stagnant if we are no longer willing to pay the price for healthy relationships. I think our church (our families, our marriages, etc.) will stop growing when we are no longer willing to pay the price as individuals or as a community.
Dear Father, You have always been so kind and patient with me as I learn Your ways. Please help me never tire of paying the price of discipline, kindness, patience, holiness, and self-control. Learning is nowhere near as expensive as ignorance, and discipline is much more cost-effective than regret!