Freedom and Christ. They go together. Jesus has freed us not only from the penalty of our sins but also from the power of sin. We are changed because of His forgiveness and grace.
Not to do whatever we want, but now free to do what we should. Those things we could not do before, limited by our weaknesses, we now find are becoming our regular behaviors. Attitudes we never entertained before are now ours. Compassion and concern for others now replaces a stifling self-centeredness.
Sometimes, after we have walked with Christ for many years, we forget the wonders of our new found liberty. Seeing these joys again through the eyes of the newly converted reminds us again that the costs of giving these freedoms to others is worth whatever it takes.
Freedom is not free.
Christ poured out His life for ours. Then He commands us to do the same for others.
Lay down our lives?! What a cost!
To go and serve others in Jesus’ Name. To sacrifice my earnings that others can go and serve in Jesus’ Name. The Apostle Paul said he would very gladly spend and be spent for the church at Corinth.
Spend and be spent. That’s the cost of missions.