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What if we had to pay?

August 2, 2017

We’ve all been there. A new gadget. A new tool. A new book. A new car.

It entices us. We begin to justify purchasing it. But then we look at the price.

“I like it, but it’s not worth that.”

“I’d rather spend my money on something else.”

“I’d have to work for six months just to pay for it!”

So then we walk away from the impulse item. Not even feeling guilty for not buying it. Maybe even feeling better that we withstood the temptation.

I wonder what it would be like if we had to pay to be a child of God.

How much would it cost?

What would be the ongoing costs?

Would we be able to handle the burden for the long term?

In my musings I think that most of us would say, “It’s not worth it. I’d never get it paid off. There are too many restrictions.”

And then we’d walk away.

I wonder if that’s why so many people turn away from churches and other religions that give a list of things to do to gain favor with God, or secure a place in heaven.

How would you ever know if you had done enough? Wouldn’t the list just keep getting longer and longer, the more you understood about God and heaven?

And if you can’t ever reach the goal, eventually, you’ll give up.

That’s what makes amazing grace so amazing:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).


 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:1-19).

The price has been paid in full. There’s nothing you can do to earn it.


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