If you’re my age or close, you may remember that old patriotic song from grade school. The chorus goes like this:
“Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free! You gotta pay the price, you gotta sacrifice for your liberty!”
Throughout history, our country has learned this lesson the hard way time and again because there is always a price to be paid when we have to go to war. Some of our fellow Americans have had to pay the price with their own lives.
Sometimes freedom is taken for granted but it’s never free.
Another thing that we Christians too often take for granted is our salvation. Though it may be free to us, it was not free to Jesus nor his heavenly Father. The Father gave his Son to die for us I.e. pay the price for our rebellion so that we might enjoy the freedom from the penalty of sin simply by placing our full confidence and trust in the sinless life of Jesus.
“Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God.” 2 Cor. 5:21 CEV
I once heard a fellow believer sharing his faith with another. In describing salvation, I actually heard him say that salvation was free. It sounded good at first but after I thought about it a little, I realized how wrong that statement is.
Salvation, like freedom, is not free. It may seem free to us but it was paid for by the precious blood of Jesus! It pardons us from the penalty of sin but it also entitles us to become a child of God. And that means we inherit heaven as a place to live when our time here is through. It’s simply one of the perks of being part of God’s forever family.
Thank you Jesus, for paying the price for our freedom from sin and granting us the right to be called your child forever!
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3
Something to think about!