Are You Willing to Pay the Price?

The things that no one sees are the things that bring results everyone wants.”  

Craig Groeschel

FREE! Everyone enjoys free stuff. Free food, Free gifts, Free coffee, buy one get one free anything, anytime. There is something about free giveaways and handouts that makes anyone want to have it even if they really don’t want it or need it.  

Have you ever questioned why anyone would accept what they didn’t even want or care for? You may have heard responses such as; “It doesn’t matter, it was free” or “I did not have to pay for it.” 

However, in few instances have I come across things labeled free that are truly free in this world. Unfortunately, rarely is anything truly free. Everything has a price. Most free giveaways include a catch. For example, the buy one get one free method. The free item you received, was actually purchased because you still had to purchase one at full price anyway. Therefore, was it really free or did you pay a price? The response may be arguable. Are you willing to pay the price? 

Everything has a price, but the price does not determine its value. The value however, is set by how willing you are to pay that price. If an item is expensive and set at full price, but you purchase it anyway; then the value is set high. Consider the same offer, but this time you pass on it; then the value has severely dropped. How bad do you want it or need it? When presented with an emergency situation and there is no other option; then the value is set exceptionally high. Are you willing to pay the price?

Freedom in this country has a price. The US armed forces have paid a costly price for the freedom we are privileged to have; in effect causing our freedom undeniably valuable. Happiness, love, freedom and peace all have a price. Success has a price and valuable for the ones who wake up every morning and strive to seek it; doing whatever it takes to accomplish success. The ones that pay this price, set the value for success exceptionally high. What are you willing to do to pay the price? 

Every time I see a well respected pastor, public figure, entrepreneur, or one who is considered arguably successful with a long term degree; I always think of what they have been through to get to where they currently are. What price did they have to pay to accomplish such great heights? They have reached new levels and accomplished things some would never even consider, but at what cost. They were willing to pay that price. 

Everyone wants to see the results, but few are the ones willing to pay the price. Everyone wants to see the promise, but few are willing to be pressed, pressured and pulled to pay the price. It is easy to see the end result of the process and be encouraged, motivated and iNspired, but when it comes time to pay the price; many take a step back because the price is too high. It is then the value of your goals and dreams sinks because the willingness of sacrifice is none existing. 

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefor among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be;   

John 19:23-24 KJV

I believe the value of our lives has been set exceptionally high. The value was set when Jesus decided to lay his life in our place to clear our debt by sin. In fact, our value was set so high because Jesus preferred to pay the price with His blood unto His last breath so we didn’t have to. 

Jesus, savior of the world saw the value in us, but yet the soldiers saw more value  in His seamless coat. They chose to crucify Jesus like a criminal, but the rare seamless coat was not to be rendered. Jesus paid the price and set our value high. Do you consider to be one who values His sacrifice by following Christ? Many do not see the value in a Christian life; so therefore are not willing to pay the price to follow Jesus. Are you willing to pay the price? 

You can pay now and play later OR you can play now and pay later. Either way you have to pay.”

John C. Maxwell

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