The Cost of Salvation
If we asked people on the street if they would want to be saved from a deadly accident, I am sure it would be a 100% yes from everyone. What if we added a price or cost to that salvation we offered? Would the answer still be at 100% yes or would they want to know the exact cost that we are asking for? There was a tradition that if you saved someone they were indebted to you in what was called a life debt. The person being saved would basically become a slave to the savior. Spiritually speaking, we know that all have sinned and fallen short from the glory of God and that the penalty for that short falling is death. I believe our passage today explains the cost of our salvation or life debt. Now do not get me wrong salvation is a gift from God that we cannot earn or work toward, but I believe it still has a cost that we must pay.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV)
If we were drowning in the ocean while holding a bar of gold and someone threw out a life saver, we have a choice to make… We can hold on to the gold, sink to the bottom, and die there with our prized possession, or we can drop the gold, grab the life saver, and be grateful to have another day to live. God’s grace, a free gift, brings salvation to every man. Then, salvation teaches us to let go of our former life and walk in a godly lifestyle. Finally, the spirit calls us to do the works of the Kingdom. Too often, we get these out of order. We want to clean up our own lives before we ask God to save us. The truth is we will never measure up to His standards unless we let Him do the cleaning up through the blood of His Son, then and only then can God even look upon us. Another thing that we will get out of order sometimes is works. We believe if we do enough good deeds, then we will receive the salvation that God offers. Putting it Biblical… For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8& 9). Salvation is a free gift from God but it also comes with a cost from us. If I received a $100 store gift card for Christmas, the $100 is the free gift. However I still have to pay the cost of going to the store to redeem it for an item that I spent time picking out. The gift still has a cost for me to pay. God’s gift comes with a cost we must pay, but I assure you IT IS WORTH THE PRICE. Our cost is dying to ourselves and our flesh and becoming holy as our God is holy. Then, there is a response to the gift. If someone gave me a great gift, I would be so moved by their generosity that I would at least say thank you, if not do something more tangible. Our thank you to God for His saving grace is at least a thank you paired with works. This passage says we were redeemed as his people for good works. Today, if you are saved, let me remind you that… “he’s still working on me, making me what I ought to be”. Let His salvation teach and transform you daily into a new creation in 2014. Let go of the baggage that prevents you from walking completely in holiness. Second, be about God’s business. Get out and do those good works that He has called you to. Salvation does cost us a price… the price is giving up who we used to be, becoming who He wants us to be in Christ, and doing the works that He has called us to. Live out the life debt to God.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for another day to learn from your holy word. God allow your spirit to teach us the cost of our salvation, the things you require us to give up. Give us the strength to deny the things of this world and to cling to the things of Your Kingdom. Show us holiness and how to walk in it. We ask this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.