© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
We understand little of the toll that transition in the Middle East is taking on people there. The effect that we easily feel is at the pump. The price we pay inches upward and occasionally leaps. Where will it top out? How much are you willing to pay for a gallon of gas?
Escalation in gas prices potentially fuels progress. The drive accelerates for more efficient automobiles or ones powered by something besides gasoline. Should newer technologies ever overtake gas-powered engines, people in bigger cities might start breathing cleaner air. Taking out on foot or bicycle would have to lead to better health. And America might become more independent.
If only sin had that glimmer of a silver lining. Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the world and forfeits his soul. Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Limited fun and a false sense of self-sufficiency are all you get in this life in exchange for your soul. Nothing follows but abject ruin of both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28). Sin could never come at a higher price.
Knowing the foolish and rebellious bargain we made with sin, Jesus Christ bought us back. “…You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ...” (1 Peter 1:18-19). He could have paid no higher price: His life for ours.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). He paid dearly for that gift. Can we help you to receive it?