Most everyone pays insurance companies each month in order to protect against catastrophes. It’s why most have homeowners insurance, health insurance, or car insurance. Paying now makes perfect sense to protect us against the trials of misfortunes of life. The same applies to our spiritual life. If we are willing to pay God now, we shall be rewarded later. No, we can’t see our reward, but we know God keeps his promises and doesn’t lie. (2 Pet 3:9 f; Heb 6:18) Therefore, in God we trust.
It was the apostle Paul who said, “…for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Tim 1:12) So, what must we pay God now in order to reap later? It’s the question of life. Now, Satan wants to make a trade with you before you ever buy God’s insurance against the flames of hell. As Jesus asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt 16:26) Don’t laugh, the chances are you have already sold your very soul to the Devil. If so, you must take it back before you can ever possess the insurance of God.
You must first give your whole heart to Jesus by believing he is the Christ the Son of God, and confess such before men. (Rom 10:9,10) Knowing who Jesus is and what he has done for us on the cross is the first step against the flames of torment. (1 Cor 15:3,4) Once you know who Jesus is and what he as done for you and what he has promised to all who obey him, are we able to take the second step towards that means.
Secondly, if you are living in adultery, you must put them away. If you are living in fornication, you must stop now. If you are committing homosexual acts, you must stop them. If you are lying, cheating, stealing, or engaging in any promiscuous acts, you must stop them. If you are sinning of any kind, they must end. It is called repentance and one must repent of their sins before they reach the next step of salvation. Then, and only then can one have their sins washed away by the means of water baptism. (Rom 6:3,4 f; Acts 22:16)
Despite what you may have been told, your salvation is not complete at this point. When a sinner hears the gospel, believes and confesses Jesus is the Christ, and repents and is baptized for the remission of sins, they are added to the Lord’s church. (Acts 2:27) Truly, if one died in this condition, they would be saved. However, who do you know who has died at that moment? It is after one is baptized into the body of Christ that one begins to work for the Lord. They worship God in Spirit and in truth. (Jn 4:23,24) They read and study God’s Word in order to become strong in the faith. Thereby, the saints of God become fierce warriors for the Lord. They put on the whole armor of God in order to defend and contend for the faith. (Eph 6:11-18 ff; Philip 1:15-18; Jude 3) They preach and teach God’s Word in and out of season, proving all things, and giving a biblical answer to a biblical question. (2 Tim 4:2-5 ff; 1 Thess 5:21; 1 Pet 3:15) They seek and save that which was lost in order to deliver a soul from death, and to hide a multitude of sins. (Lk 19:10 f; Jam 5:19,20) They do good unto all men, especially those of the household of faith. (Gal 6:10) They do all this while being persecuted for the cause of Christ. (2 Tim 3:12) In other words, once one becomes a Christian they take up their cross daily and follow in the steps of Christ. (Lk 9:23 f; 1 Pet 2:20,21) They lose this finite life in order to gain eternal life. (Mt 16:25)
All those who refuse to pay now will pay God later. They who have reaped the world shall reap eternal damnation in the life to come. (2 Thess 1:7-9) Yes! Christians are paying the price now that they might inherit eternal life later. In human terms, it is called paying their dues. In godly terms, it is called obeying the gospel and continuing in the doctrine of Christ. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)