In December, my family went to have our photo done at an inexpensive photo studio for our Christmas picture. After paying only $9.99 for about a billion prints, I asked if I could scan the photo and post in on my blog. The owner looked at the photographer and asked him. The photographer said, "you paid for them, you can do whatever you want with them." I was glad that he had given me full rights, without any charge. Yet his tone made me realize he wasn't being generous. He didn't realize the worth of his photography.
Do we realize the worth of our salvation? Jesus died for you and for me. He paid for the rights that we could be called children of God. He paid so that we could have eternal life. Yet too often, we don't realize the worth of this. We are cavalier like the guy at the photo study. We think we can do whatever we want, without realizing the price that was paid; and the worth of our salvation.
The photo of me on my blog didn't hold value because it was photo of me. No, it was the handiwork of the photographer the gave it worth. The photographer held the rights, and sold them to me. Likewise, I alone don't hold value. It is the handiwork of God that gives me any worth. He holds the rights to my life. He paid the price by Jesus' death on the cross for me, and for you. We need to be living a life worthy of the price that was paid. Get the picture?
Ephesians 4:1 -- As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Colossians 1:10 -- And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 -- With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.