On our honeymoon, we needed gas and gasped at the price of $2.38 a gallon. We only filled our gas tank enough to get us out of the state of New York and closer to cheaper gas. On Saturday, I filled up for $3.83 a gallon and my sister currently says that it is $4.09 a gallon in New York.
Other prices are rising too. It wasn’t uncommon to find bananas for $0.25 a pound a few years ago. Now its not unusual to find them for $0.59 a pound.
If you yard sale like me, what was just a quarter a few years ago is now easily $1.00 or more for the same thing.
Cost is something that has been majorly on my mind of late. Does it always cost you something to stand for truth? Must it cost? Must it cost friendships? Must it cost pain? Must it cost loss? Must there be a separation? I understand, it’s one thing if its just my opinion but what if its Biblical truth, God’s Word at stake? What if its those I go to church with? It has bothered me enough lately to see what God says about it. Here are just a few verses:
Matthew 16:24-25 (KJV) 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
1 Peter 4:14 (KJV)14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
John 15:20 (KJV) If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
At times, the cost seems so profound but take a look at what it cost God to send His very own Son! Today, if you find that following Christ is costing you friendships or family, rest! Claim this promise for your day:
Romans 8:18 (KJV)18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us