Costly grace is the hidden treasure in the field, for the sake of which people go and sell with joy everything they have.
It is the costly pearl for whose price the merchant sells all that he has;
it is Christ’s sovereignty, for the sake of which you tear out an eye if it causes you to stumble.
It is the call of Jesus Christ which causes a disciple to leave his nets and follow him.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one has to knock.
It is costly, because it calls to discipleship; it is grace, because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.
It is costly, because it costs people their lives; it is grace, because it thereby makes them live.
It is costly, because it condemns sin; it is grace, because it justifies the sinner.
Above all, grace is costly, because it was costly to God, because it cost God the life of God.
Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale.
And not only that, but God Himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus.
He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
I Corinthians 1:7-9, The Message
O what blessing accompanies devotion,
when under all the trials that weary me,
the cares that corrode me,
the fears that disturb me,
the infirmities that oppress me,
I can come to You in my need and feel peace beyond understanding!