Proverbs 14:16-19 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The cost of living is a subject constantly on peoples’ minds today. Fuel prices seem to remain unstable. With unstable fuel prices, transportation costs remain high. The cost then of all items that are transported by air, rail, or truck also must go up. When this happens, corporations likewise feel the pinch. This reflects in the average worker’s paycheck remaining the same, or in many cases being cut, and going down. The pinch on finances from both sides causes bigger ticket items to also slump in sales. Houses, cars, and boats all decline in sales. It all amounts to what we call, “the cost of living.”
However, what is the true cost of real living. Another way to say that would be, what does having a real life cost? The answer is, “everything.” The eventual cost of living for ones self, and this world is everything. Sinfulness, and the lifestyle that accompanies it cost friendships, relationships, incarcerations, health, dignity, self-esteem, reputations, and the list goes on and on. There is always just one more party to go to, one more bet to be placed, one more drug to do, or one more this or that, until life is gone. In James 1:15 it says; “…and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Yes, sin will cost you the ultimate price, your life. At journey’s end here on earth, without Christ it costs your eternal life. In other words as our text todays says; “the simple inherit folly.” Living with a false confidence that you’ll always have one more day to get things right, leads people to the day when they find, all their days are gone.
The Christian life also costs everything. It cost Christ His life to pay for our sin, and He asks us to devote our life to Him. However, when we do turn our life over to Him, we inherit a good testimony, trust, true friends, freedom, and eternal life. Now friend, this is a cost of living worth investing in.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
If you must invest everything, why not invest in the greatest return. Invest everything into the world and end up with nothing. Give your life to Christ and gain everything. Hum, what to do!
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