Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 26April 3, 2011
“Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.”
Making a decision for your FAITH in Christ, will mean making a decision that at times runs conflict to your emotions, your connections, your fleshly desires; because Faith counts the Cost–
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
Webster’s definition of “cost”:
(Price) the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object ; loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something
Jesus paid the price, the full price for your salvation, you cannot earn forgiveness. But to receive His forgiveness and a transformed life that comes with His forgiveness, we must make a clear decision. This decision is where one must weigh the “cost”.
It will cost you your un-forgiveness. It will cost you your LIFE. To be transformed means there has got to be an exchange; a leaving of one to cleave to another. He said we need to purposely assess this decision and weigh out if we have what it will take to follow through.
When we make a commitment to Christ, we cannot forsake our commitment because of a feeling or because others won’t understand or because it may mean making a choice. When you made a decision to receive Christ in your life, you decided not just to acknowledge your sin and be forgiven of it, but you made a decision to be a part of the family of God. When we receive the benefit of the family, it comes with an obligation that you will live your life deliberately for Him and it is seen in the course of action you take in your life. That means you have evaluated the cost.
Let me ask you a question; Did someone ask you to invite Jesus into your heart, without letting you know that in exchange for His forgiveness, you were making a commitment to be a member of the family of God? Because as a member of that family, you were obligating yourself to a course of action that would demonstrate your love for the one who has forgiven you and has a destiny upon your life. If that is the case, I want to clarify this with you.
Jesus came to transform your life. He came so you could be all that you were destined to be. But to be the person you were created to be, you must make a decision to totally embrace a life in Him. As you Forge Ahead In Trustful Hope, remember Jesus weighed out the cost and declared that “you” were worth it!
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