laws of priceSpiritual laws of price for spiritual riches

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked — I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22)

In order to prosper spiritually it is essential to pay the price as determined by the spiritual laws of price. You will never fulfill God’s purpose for your life if you fail to pay the price. The Lord expects us to count the cost of everything in our lives, according to the passage in Luke 14:28-32.

In order to have a spiritually successful journey through life you must pay the price. In the third chapter of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we read of two groups of materials for edification of God’s work in our lives and in the church: wood, hay and stubble, and gold, silver and precious stones. The most obvious difference between the two groups is the price. For lack of willingness to pay the price, most Christians prefer to build with wood, hay and stubble, because these materials are less expensive.

Everything of value carries a price tag

Normally a price of something involves money, time and energy, pleasure, sleep and relationships. Other times the price involves pressure, criticism, isolation, pain and financial sacrifice. Most people seek wide doors and wide easy paths because they are not willing to pay the price of following the narrow and difficult path or because they imagine that all of the things that God offers are free and involve no cost (Matthew 7:13, 14).

Choose both the pain and sacrifice of discipleship today or you will reap the pain of repentance tomorrow. We cannot flea-bargain the price of victory. You have just as much time as anyone else, so pay the price and make the most of it.

You can achieve anything depending on the price that you are willing to pay.

The Lord told Matthew, “Follow me and abandon everything, including the table on which you charge taxes” (Matthew 9:9). You can predict the future success of the student by the price that he pays in school.

How to recognize a winner:

  • By his commitment to excellence
  • He never measures himself by the mediocre
  • He pays attention to details. The difference between a winner and the second runner-up are the details to which the winner gives attention.
  • He is consistent

Not everyone pays the same price. Each one of us has a different cross to carry.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23, 24) Therefore, never desire what others have unless you discover the price they paid to get it and are willing to pay at least the same price.

The more you want something the higher price you are willing to pay for it.

The greater your dream and your desire to fulfill something, the greater the price you will have to pay. Jesus said, “To whom much is given much will be required” (Luke 12:48). Many people want the position, but they don’t want the responsibility and the hard work. Each right and privilege implies a responsibility, each opportunity has its obligations; each possession has its price. Excellency costs more than mediocrity.

If you complain about the price, you’ll probably give up before you pay it.

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) Either you rule over your emotions or they will rule over you. Never wait to feel good about paying the price, pay the price now and later you will feel good.

Your talents do not determine your success in life, but the price that you are willing to pay to reach it.

The servant who received five talents paid the price to be able to take care of 10. There are innumerable examples of people who overcame their deficiencies. They didn’t have the talent, but they paid the price.

You will be criticized for paying the price.

One of the main reasons people fail is because of criticism. The price to pay to overcome criticism is persistence. Someone will always say that the goal is not worth the sacrifice.

The price never goes down.

Each time you are successful in a challenge, another challenge more difficult and more expensive will arise. God never said that things would be easy. He promised peace (John 14:26), power (Matthew 28:19, 20) an abundant life (John 7:37, 38), but not conveniences. Life is like climbing a ladder. The first rungs are easier, but the last are more difficult.

The real price will increase while the perception of the price will decrease when your desire to improve grows and you become more and more intimate with God.

Everything in life is a preparation for the next step. When an opportunity presents itself, it is too late to prepare for it. The price is not paid at the beginning of the race, but at the end. The price may increase, but our desire to pay it makes it seem like a good bargain.

You cannot obtain something tomorrow that you refuse to pay for today

All spiritual payment is in cash. You cannot attain tomorrow what you refuse to pay for today. You cannot reap what you have not planted. We exaggerate what we have gone through, overvalue tomorrow and undervalue today. It is sad to see someone who has nothing to contribute today, because they paid no price yesterday.

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