God’s grace and mercy are so incredible! Here we are, we come to God with what? Troubles and addictions? Broken homes, lives, and dreams? Maybe we’re fortunate enough to “have it all together” when we come to God or perhaps we were raised in a Christian or church atmosphere. No matter where we start out in life, we really don’t have much to offer God. After all, He’s the Creator (and Owner) of all that’s known and unknown.
Yet we see how God looks at his blessings and what He gives us in exchange for what we can offer Him:
Isaiah 1:18—Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Wow! We bring Him our sin and he washes us in salvation…So why would anyone turn from God? Or better asked by Jesus Himself: “what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (see Matthew 16:26).
Actually, there are very, very few people who would actually sell their soul to some ghostly figure who offered them whatever they wanted in exchange, even if they were offered the entirety of the world. Most would gladly stand firm and say, “No”. But rather, in our everyday decisions, many, many people “sell” out their salvation for much less.
Friends and family pressure us just a little too much. We don’t want to “give up” some vice or habit or pleasure. Maybe we’re comfortable feeling some Holy Ghost goose bumps every now and then, but in the end we don’t know how to truly commit to God.
So what’s the price for you? What’s the price for me? Would we exchange our souls because we just didn’t have time to fit church, prayer, Bible study, and a relationship with Jesus into our busy schedule? Will we trade our relationship with God and our salvation for the “freedom” to go out with friends we shouldn’t be hanging with, doing things we know we shouldn’t be involved in? Shall we barter for the almighty dollar or because our family doesn’t understand why we’d want to change our lives so drastically?
I say NO! I say no matter the opportunity that affords itself, we need to hold on to Jesus Christ. Paul said he counted the cost and everything added up amounted to a pile of dung compared to knowing Christ (Phil 3:8). Was he mad or using Enron-onomics? I think not. I believe he understood that knowing and having a relationship with Jesus is worth it all…We have a treasure in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7) and nothing, NOTHING, is worth trading for that treasure…
Take this whole world but give me Jesus! Is that your attitude?