How Much Does It Cost?

I think that we all want to pay as little as possible for the goods we buy. We want the best deal. We want to maximize our investments.

I was thinking . . . I was wondering . . . What does it cost to have a relationship with God? What am I willing to pay to know Him?  What would I exchange to really know God, the Creator of the entire universe? Can I pay something to be His friend? Maybe I can buy some time with the Architect of the universe. Maybe I could pay to be with Him, walk around with God for a bit, be His companion in the afternoons, and He would protect me from the big and scary issues of life. What would you pay for a relationship with God? I came across this poem by Wilbur Reese that captures these thoughts. Wilbur doesn’t want to pay much.

I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please.

Not enough to explode my soul and disturb my sleep. Not enough to take control of my life. I want just enough to equal a cup of warm milk. Just enough to ease some of the pain from my guilt.

I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please.

I would like to find a love that is pocket-sized. I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. Not enough to change my heart. I can only stand just enough to take to church when I have time. Just enough to equal a snooze in the sunshine. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, but not a new birth.

I would like to purchase a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. If it doesn’t work, I would like to get my money back.

I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please.

I would like to hide some for a rainy day. Not enough for people to see a change in me. Not enough to impose any responsibility. Just enough to make folks think I am ok. Could I just get three dollars’ worth of God, please?

– Wilbur Rees

I found, no even more than found, I have experienced that the relationship with God costs nothing and yet costs me everything. Now it is true, on the one hand, that it costs you nothing. Grace is a free gift from God. All you need to do is have faith, trust, and believe that Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for YOU. This is truly a miracle. You don’t need to pay a dime. In fact, you cannot pay or earn the right to have a relationship with God. Life in Christ is a free gift (John 5:32; Ephesians 2:8-10). You have entered the first rest (Hebrew 4:1-10).

However, if you think that life in Christ costs you nothing and you can buy “three dollars’ worth of God,” go to church, pay your tithe, go to a few holy huddles a year, sing Kumbaya around a campfire and then you are in the Jesus fraternity—sorry, you are in for a big surprise. Following Christ is not free; it is also not for cowards. Take some time and really think about this.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 NIV But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power . . . 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

In these verses above Paul is talking about those in the church not the outsiders. They have a form of godliness but deny its power!

Oh, but listen to this! To have the depths of a heart relationship with God, to be a follower of Christ will cost you everything. It is going to be extremely crucial that you make the decision to go “all in and sold out to Christ.” You will need to have more than words to enable you to follow Christ because information does not transform us—we need the power of God to live THE LIFE with Christ, in Christ, and through Christ. It costs everything, much more than money can buy, human effort or rituals can provide. You can actually prove out His will in your life, but you must decide to become a living sacrifice. The way the world is heading insures that there is a radical “all in and sold out to Christ” life that is required. In Romans 12, Paul an apostle of Christ is pleading with his fellow Christians, and I am pleading with you.

Romans 12:1-2 MSG So here’s what I want you to do (please, I beg you), God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I will be doing a few blogs on entering the second rest and what the law of the spirit of life means for all of us who call ourselves followers of Christ. It costs us nothing, but it will cost you everything to enter into this law that gives LIFE and produces springs of living water. Stay tuned.

One thought on “How Much Does It Cost?

  1. Thank you so much
    I needed to hear and digest every bit of this
    The above will be my devotion for several days
    I believe this was put here to change minds and hearts
    at least mine
    Thanks again

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