Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – What’s Your Price?

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.   Acts 13:38-39

It’s Wednesday and a great time to make a difference in the world.  When you go out today, look for opportunities to make someone else’s life a little brighter.

What is your price?  The price you are willing to pay says a great deal about you.  My aunt told me a story about my great-grandmother a while back.  My great-grandmother loved me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know her very long.  My mother was named after her, and I later named my daughter after her.  My great grandparents lived in Mississippi when they were younger.  As the story goes, my great-grandmother had the first Cadillac in the state of Mississippi.  However, they didn’t have money to buy gas for the car.  So, on Sunday morning they would push the car to church before everyone arrived, and after church they would wait for everyone to leave, and then push the car home.  I tell you this seemingly silly story, not to make fun of my great grandparents, but to tell you that everyone has a price that they are willing to pay.  What is your price?  When I became a Christian, my friends made fun of me.  They teased and tried to make me feel bad about my decision.  They would say “we’re going here, but you can’t go because you’re a  ‘Christian’”.  That’s probably never happened to you, but it happened to me.  That was the price I had to pay.

Have you ever wanted something really bad?  Maybe it’s a special dinner, a date, or a new outfit.  Have you ever wanted to get an education so badly that you could just taste the difference it would make in your life?  How much would you pay?  I have a friend who wanted a baby.  She tried and tried to get pregnant for years.  She would have done almost anything if she could just have a baby.  Have you ever had a sick family member or child that you would do almost anything to help?  I have some friends who want to help their adult children who have made bad decisions.  They trade their own happiness to make a difference for their children.  What is your price? How much are you willing to pay.  The price you are willing to pay says a great deal about you.

The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians  6:20 that we were bought with a high price.  God loved us so much that he gave his son who died so that if we were willing to pay the price of believing in him, we  could live forever (John 3:16).  The price was high for God and Jesus, so that our price would be low.  Yet, I look around me and many people aren’t willing to pay the small price of believing.  What are you willing to pay?

Are you willing to give up an hour or two a week to worship God at church, or is sleeping in worth much more to you? Do you make excuses about church?  One I often hear is “I don’t go to church because the church is full of hypocrites.”  This one makes me laugh, because churches are made up all kinds people.  None are perfect.  If perfection were required, no one would be there.  We all have issues that we need to work on.  What price are you willing to pay?  The price you are willing to pay says a great deal about you.

Some of the easiest decisions seem the hardest.  A few years ago my family watched Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.  We wouldn’t watch it at first because it seemed much like being a spectator at the crucifixion.  Then, there was also that whole issue of someone portraying Christ.  As we watched it, the agony of His death became more real.  How many times have we tried to avoid a small punishment?  He endured unimaginable physical pain, and the pain of people not believing.  Are we going to add to that pain?  The price we are willing to pay says a great deal about us.  Are we willing to spread God’s love today?

Today, take time to spread God’s love everywhere you go.  God bless you.

 

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