I knew it was coming. Common sense said, "Keep your distance," but I went ahead and did it anyway. Now I'm paying for it, but it was totally worth the cost.
I care for my 4-month-old grandson a couple days a week, and he was very obviously coming down with a cold. Normally I try to stay away from anyone who may be contagious, but I just couldn't help myself. How could I not kiss this precious little face?
Now we both have a cold.
Love comes at a cost - sometimes for the recipient, but most often for the giver.
A cold is a small price to pay to be with someone you love.
Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could be with Him for eternity.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13
Jesus laid down His life for us before we could be counted as His friends.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
Salvation through Jesus Christ is free to us, but it cost Him his life. I wonder if we sometimes take salvation for granted because we weren't the ones to pay the price...
Except that we, too, are required to pay a price. We like to call Jesus our Savior and then go on living life as we please, but Jesus came to be our Lord and Savior. We like the idea of having a Savior, but how many actually accept Jesus as Lord of their life?
Lord - Supreme in authority, controller, master.
The word "Savior" is found 56 times in Scripture; "Lord" 6472 times. That's staggering! Do you think God is trying to tell us something here?
Calling anyone "Lord" flies in the face of everything our society teaches us about being in control of our own destiny. Calling Jesus, "Lord" costs us. If Jesus is Lord of my life, that means that I am not. We must relinquish control of our lives and hand it over to Him.
You are my friends if you do what I command. ~ John 15:14
Can you be considered a friend of Jesus?
Jesus, thank you for the sacrifice you made for me. Forgive me for all the times I've tried to take control of my life rather than submit to you. Help me to truly accept you as Lord of my life!