Over the last few days we have been laying out the idea of being willing to count and pay the cost in order to have God’s will and blessing accomplished in our lives. If you have missed these writings you may read them at…
Let’s advance these thoughts a little shall we?
Yesterday we concluded by asking…
What is the present word of God for your life?
Everyone reading this blog has both a rhema word and the logos word from the Lord concerning their lives right now. You discover those words by going to the Lord and asking Him for them and by reading the Scripture.
I can tell you one thing, though, whatever the word for your life turns out to be there is going to be a price to pay for that word to be fulfilled in your life.
Last week our youth pastor delivered a sermon regarding salvation as a work of grace done by God’s hand alone. You can do nothing to earn your salvation you can do nothing to make yourself more righteous. Jesus paid it all on the cross and the only way to Heaven is to accept Jesus’ sacrifice and ask Him to forgive your sins. You will never earn your way into Christianity or Heaven or relationship with God. Jesus does it all.
That said as Jesus comes and adopts you into the family, that act puts into motion certain principles which are going to affect you for the rest of your eternal life.
Christianity is obtained freely You don’t pay for your salvation by good works. But there is a price that comes with being a Christian. Getting into the family is free. God will adopt you if you want to be adopted. But being in the family costs. That’s because our family, this family of Christians, is committed to accomplishing a certain job in this world and because this family, the family of Christians, has a group of beings who have decided that they hate us just because of who we are. Paying the price doesn’t get us into Heaven. Christians are already going there. Paying the price is a result of us receiving the gift in the first place. It’s part and parcel of the gift. With this gift you get: eternal life, all the powers of the Holy Spirit, direct access to the throne of God and constant fellowship with Him and you also get some very powerful enemies who have power in the world to cause harm and who are set against you to stop you and your success.
That is why Jesus said, “whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14
This is not because the cross earns us the right to be saved but because the cross is part of salvation. Jesus didn’t purchase Christianity without a cross and Christians cannot live Christianity without a cross.
Whatever your rhema Word is this year. Whatever God is telling you about your future there is going to be a price for that future with Jesus.
Do you know what the cross Christ is calling you to bear looks like?