The Cost Of Serving Christ

Travel baseball, High School baseball and College baseball are kicking off. This past Sunday, Holli and I saw a young boy with his Daddy. He had been to practice for his travel ball team.
On just about every team, Coaches will give players the expectations of the team. The players are required to attend a certain number of practices… They are required to raise a certain amount of money… If they can’t meet those expectations, they can’t be on the team. Playing on that team, will cost them something. It’s the same with the Christian faith.
What have you given up or, how has your life changed to follow the Lord? Following Jesus should change our lives but, for many people it hasn’t. Why is that?
Let’s go back to the book of Exodus. God had used nine plagues to try to persuade Pharoah to let the people go. But Pharoah’s heart continued to be hardened. So, the last plaque God would use required the death of the firstborn of the Egyptians. So, that night, as the death angel passed over Egypt, the first-born of the Egyptians died. That same night, Israel left Egypt.
When Israel was in the desert, God told them they were to begin observing what was known as “the Passover.” It was a festival that was designed to remind them of what God did to release them from Eqyptian bonadage.
Then the Lord told Moses to “Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me.” Why was that? The first-born of Israel would be a reminder to them that God took the lives of the first-born of the Eyptians to let them go free.
It was a reminder that their freedom costs.
The same should be true of us. While grace is a huge part of the Christian faith, we need to be reminded that it cost Jesus His life so that you and I can have our sins forgiven. Every time we observe the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of the cost involved for our salvation.
What is it costing you on a daily basis to follow Christ? How has your life changed? Are you spending a few minutes reading your Bible and praying? Are you serving in any way? Are you giving?
Our salvation is through grace which is free but, grace will change our lives to the point, that we give up something to begin following Jesus.

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