There once was a very wealthy man, who, when he was widowed, hired a housekeeper to look after his young son.
She and the boy hit it off immediately – she was like a mother to him, and he a son to her.
Tragically , the lad died in his teens, but she kept on keeping house for the devastated father, who himself, sadly, passed away within a very short time – dying, it was said of a broken heart
After his death, despite the best efforts of his lawyers, they couldn’t find his will, even though they knew he had made one.. The estate was eventually taken over by the state and an auction was held to dispose of the man’s personal property and his mansion.
The house keeper went to the sale, not because she had so much money to spent, but there was one item that she hoped she could get. It was a picture of the little boy that had hung on the wall of the house for years. She loved that boy so much, she desperately wanted it, to remind her of all the happier times.
No one else bid for it, she got it. She took it home with her, and because it was in a pretty manky state, she took it apart to clean and restore it
As she was taking the frame apart, some very important looking papers fell out of the back of the picture. At first she didn’t know what to make of them, so she brought them to the family lawyer of the rich man.
As the lawyer read the papers, he soon discover it was the long lost will which everyone had searched for, but could not find. There was a note with the will which said, “I leave all my wealth to the one who loved my son enough to buy that picture.”
This lady had a love that carried her over the rough times, that carried her over the sad moments, a love for that boy that continued to after her life every moment she lived., And because her love was turned into action, she was rewarded beyond her wildest dreams.
Christ asks us if we are we willing to turn the love we have for him into an action that will separate us, or set, us apart from, our families and even from those values and ideals we. hold, dear in our’ own life?
Jesus is saying, if you want to be my disciple, if you want to follow me, here is what you are called to do. Place, me first above everything else in your life and then before you say you are willing to do that, you better look before you leap, you had better count the cost, see if you are willing to make such a sacrifice :or me, see if you are really willing to pay that kind of price?
“We have cheapen grace and cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. We are fighting for costly grace. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.
Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”