Price means that which must be given, done, or undergone to
obtain something. (Webster’s Dictionary)
What is the price of heaven—what must
be given, done, or undergone—and is
it too high?
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born,
not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of
God.” John 1:12, 13.
What must be given, done,
or undergone for you and me to obtain heaven?
“Given”—Have you given
of yourself—Is the price too high to give of yourself
in the study of the word of God so that your heart may “receive” the only
begotten Son of God? Who or what is receiving of the time which God has given
to you as a gift and what are you receiving in return? Are you receiving
worldliness for God’s gift of time? Are you receiving destruction for the gift
of health? What are you receiving for the gift of time—the price of heaven? or the price of
eternal life lost?
“Done”— Receiving God’s word into your heart—Is it done? Is your heart so complete in its relationship
with Jesus that it can be said, “It is done—finished”? Or is the heart wide
open to worldly influences and distractions, which are the price of eternal
life lost? Will you receive the words “Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over
many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” [Matthew 25:12]—which is the
price of heaven? Or is there an unfinished/undone work—the price of eternal
“Undergo/undergone”—The old self
needs to experience or “undergo” a transformation of self. See Ephesians
4:22–24. Is your “old self” undergoing a transformation? “The old nature, born
of blood and the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The old ways, the hereditary
tendencies, the former habits, must be given up; for grace is not inherited.
The new birth consists in having new motives, new tastes, new
tendencies.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The
Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, 1101. The new self—the new
birth is the receiving of Jesus—the price of heaven; the old self is the price
of eternal life lost.
In The Desire of Ages,
on page 385, we are told: “The price of heaven is Jesus.”
Jesus is the price you will pay for heaven. It is the giving
of your heart—your affection, your life—to receive Jesus. “Heaven is worth
everything to us. We must not run any risk in this matter. We must take no
venture here. We must know that our steps are ordered by the Lord. May God help
us in the great work of overcoming.” Temperance, 114.
Is heaven in your future or is the loss of eternal life your
earnings? “It is eternal loss if we gain the whole world, with all its pleasure
and glory, and yet lose the soul. Heaven is cheap enough at any cost.” Confrontation, 78.
Father, I pray that I may not shrink
from trials, but bear them with patience. I yield my heart fully to the
transforming grace of Thy Holy Spirit that I may be able to give, to do, and to
undergo all that is needed to receive the price of heaven and not the price of
eternal life lost. Amen.