Thursday, November 8, 2012

The High Cost of Free

FREE!!  It's a word that gets our attention. What could be better than free? Lately, I've been considering the high cost that often comes with free.

The other day, as I grocery shopped, I saw Pretzel M&Ms on sale, buy one jumbo bag, get one FREE! The M&Ms weren't on my list. But suddenly I was contemplating not having just one bag, but TWO JUMBO bags of M&Ms at my house. After all, one was FREE!!  But then I considered the 10 pounds I'd lost over the past 6 weeks, and realized that while "free," I would be paying a high cost with my weight. There was a price to pay for those free M&Ms. I left them at the store.

Adam and Eve paid a high cost with their "free" will. God told them not to eat from a certain tree in the garden. And though all the other trees were available, they were "free" to decide to eat from that tree, even though God said no. They did. The cost they paid was separation from God, leaving the perfect garden of Eden, and bringing sin into the world.

We too have free will. We can choose to accept Jesus as our Savior, or not. Many people every day choose by "free" will not to accept him. And the cost associated with that "free" is death. Eternal death. 

The cost of sin is death. And that is a high price to pay. But we sinners can be made free in Christ, by using our free will to accept his free gift of eternal life. The high cost of our freedom was paid by Christ, so that we can be free, indeed.

So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. John 8:36

Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at

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MelanieClarkDorsey said...

Amen. I think we have recently seen how another "free" causes people to make decisions opposing God's truth and the freedom He offers.

Kelly Combs said...

Very true. And a high cost will be paid.

Beverly Lewis said...

You are so gifted at conveying TRUTH through practical stories we can relate too. Hmmm... sounds like the way Jesus taught. : ) Love it.

Kelly Combs said...

Thank you Beverly! Wow! You are putting me in great (no, perfect!) company. I love that guy.

Warren Baldwin said...

So true! The only free gift that comes without the negative consequences is Jesus. Good post!

Hope you and your famliy has a great Thanksgiving!