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Freedom Is Not Free

By Don Loftis | 07.08.15

Growing up I remember the lyrics of the folk song that said, “Freedom isn’t free…you gotta pay the price; you gotta sacrifice…freedom isn’t free.”  All you have to do is talk to a veteran or examine a local memorial to our fallen heroes to realize how true that song is.

Christianity is not free either.  Of course salvation is a free gift through the grace of a loving heavenly Father.  However, it is free to us, because of the tremendous price that Jesus paid on the cross.  John recorded the heavenly proclamation directed to Jesus, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).

Salvation is a free offer, but discipleship is not cheap.  Setting our priorities to put the Lord first is costly.  Repenting of sin and following the leadership of the Spirit requires both effort and sacrifice.  Discipleship demands a commitment of body, mind, and emotion for as long as we live.

Advertising today attempts to convince the consumer they can have the best product for the least investment.  Rarely is that true.  It is dishonest to market the Gospel as salvation for nothing or that Christian living is easy.  “Bargain religion” is not what we want to put our trust in.  Freedom has its daily cost, and following Christ poses its own price tags as well.  Let’s never forget that some things are worth the price — whatever that price might be.

 


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