What is the Savior of mankind worth to you? What would you give to gain eternal life? Or is there really nothing we have to do, considering everything He did? "All you have to do is accept Jesus into your heart and believe." Okay, so what does it mean to believe? Salvation is a free gift, but who does He give it to?
Did He not ask, "What would a man give in exchange for his soul?" Why did He say things like:
"No one can be my disciple unless he gives up all his own possessions."
"Whoever loves father, mother, son, or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
Certainly there are no works that a person can do to earn salvation, but can't we be like Paul and all the other believers in the New Testament churches who saw the futility of the material manifestations of their own works? They were eager to abandon it all when they discovered the "Pearl of Great Price." Only if you see His worth as greater than everything else is that possible.
Would it even enter the mind of someone who truly hates his life in this world that giving up his possessions is "works salvation"?
Paul joyfully suffered the loss of all things, counting them as dung, for the surpassing value of knowing and following the Messiah. Has Messiah diminished in value since Paul's day?
It seems that one who truly believes unto salvation will willingly give up all he has to gain eternal life. Then, by daily caring for and serving his brothers and sisters, whom he lives with, he will gladly follow Messiah to pay the great debt of love that he owes to Him -- a debt so great that it takes a lifetime to pay, or perhaps all of eternity.
He is either worth everything to you or He is worth nothing.
He is worth everything to us!