THE COST OF LIFE

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“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:3 (KJV)

It’s that time of the year when people are generally on a shopping spree. From the Black Friday sales to the Christmas/End-of-the year sales, everyone is buying something, at a cost. Imagine that you purchase a beautiful pair of sneakers for Reboot camp but on the D-Day, the sneakers speak up and say they would rather remain at home. I’m sure you would not tolerate that. You bought them and so they have to do your bidding, right?

It is pleasing to discover that someone paid an incredibly huge price to have you. He gave His life in exchange for yours, was beaten and nailed to a cross where He shed His precious blood for your redemption from the hold of sin and death. Wow! Jesus considered you worthy of nothing less than His life. That’s an immeasurable worth.

That being said, the onus is on us as believers to joyfully serve and consecrate our lives to Him. The ephemeral pleasures of this world should not ensnare us because we have a new life that is focused on pleasing God. This is our new normal.

Let’s consider the text below.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)

The Bible is replete with examples of people consecrated to God. A striking one is found in Numbers 6 where we are introduced to the Nazarites. Their separation to God meant that they had to abstain from wine and strong drinks and could not have their hairs cut throughout their separation period. (Numbers 6:2-6)

Worthy of note is the fact that no one was dear enough to make them break their vow of consecration or become ‘unclean’; not even their family members.

“He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head. All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD.”
Numbers 6:7-8

While the Nazarites may have been called to consecration for a period of time, we are called to a lifelong consecration! We are of God and for God, forever! This should reflect in our daily lives, our values, how we spend money and even our response to persecution.

Some believers have certain areas of their lives that they withhold from God. If you belong to Him, you must surrender totally to His leadership in your finances, your relationships, your health, your interests and more. (2 Corinthians 5:15)

Also, whenever you are persecuted for the sake of the gospel, do not cower in shame. Instead, remember that you belong to the owner of the entire universe who traded His life for you. That’s something to shout about; enough ginger to hold your head high.

Friends, remember that you are sacred to God. You are for Him, live like it.

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