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07/02/2009

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What Did They "Soak You" For That?


"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

If you have never heard the term, "soak," to my dad it meant cost. How much did they soak you for that meant how much did it cost. My dad was a very frugal man. (a polite term) Having lived through the Great Depression, the cost of things were very important to him. He was always willing to sacrifice quality for price. It made for some interesting cars and even clothing. There is a "cost" involved with Christianity. As today's verse says, "Christ died for us." I would guess that all of us can quote John 3:16. This is another scripture that tells us of the cost involved in Christianity.....The cost to Jesus...

Very simply put, in order to enact the new covenant, Jesus had to give up His life. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels, now crowned with glory and honor, because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" (Heb. 2:9). We are healed by his wounds. It must have been an extremely difficult thing to do for Jesus. As a man, He had some very special qualities and abilities. The desire to continue His teaching and performing miracles must have been very tempting. The cost to Jesus was His very life.

There is also a cost for us.You might want read the cost of becoming a disciple in Luke 14: 25-34. We are to forsake all that would hinder us. One of the costs of a Christian life is one of self denial. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:24 that we cannot serve two masters. It must be God that we choose to serve! The Christian life is one of sacrifice. We are to "present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God" (Rom. 12:1). To be a good Christian a cost is a lot of work. Each day is one of working out our salvation. A cost of a Christian life is one of teaching. Moses tried to use the excuse that he just didn't speak very well as a reason to not serve God, but this was quickly disproved. For us, our teaching might be by word or deed. Another cost is the willingness to prioritize. Jesus said that we needed to "seek first the kingdom of God." (Matt. 6:33).

So, what do we get for this "soak?" We get the joy of doing it right. The joy of knowing that Jesus did not die in vain and that we get to live with Him one day. What a bargain....

Have a great day....RAK someone today....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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