THE COST IS WORTH IT!
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8
There is a cost in living the Christian life that many do not talk about. Cost makes us uncomfortable. Cost causes us to weigh the "worth" of something. Scripture tells us again and again that we will have to let go, we will suffer loss, and we will have to sacrifice. But somehow we think that doesn't apply to us. We think we can live in the world & like the world while still claiming the benefits of the Christian life. Others may question our faith & the choices we make, the way we live, the way we act, and the way we react. God has called us to consider the cost of following him. However, what we receive in return is so far beyond the sacrifice that might be required of us. God can not be out given. It may not take the form of money, fame, or other worldly successes/accolades....but what God gives us brings a love that lasts eternally, a hope that never gives up, a peace that passes all understanding, and a purpose and passion that is undeniable. Those amazing gifts allow us to know him, praise him, and make him known. THE COST IS WORTH IT!