What kind of telephone would you expect to get if you paid $2400.00 for it? You would anticipate getting the latest in technology, with all the bells and whistles right? It would do tricks and preform functions that would blow you and everyone else away! The last thing you would expect would be just a plain old rotary phone. You know: attached to the wall by a cord; having to spin the dial with your finger to dial each number; no call-waiting, caller-ID or speed dialing; and of course no screen to even see what numbers you have dialed so far. But that is exactly what my parents got. As a matter of fact they had two of them for the same price.
You see, when they moved into their house in June 1958, no one could own their own phone. You had to rent it from the phone company. So they rented two of them — a desk model for the den and a wall model for the recreation room. Each phone cost them $5.00 per month and was combined with the other charges on their bill, so over the years they just didn’t think much about it so it went unchanged. Years ago when the government regulations changed and people could now own their own phone equipment, they just never bothered doing it. Their phones worked and they were happy with them. Anyway, five dollars is such a small amount. So they kept paying that rental fee every month never realizing how expensive those old rotary phones were to them. They never moved so they paid that amount for each phone for 40 years, that’s 480 months! When you multiply it out it comes to a whopping $2,400.00 per phone.
The High Price of Sin
As my parents never realized how costly those phones were, many people are in the same boat when it comes to the cost, or wages of sin. Sin seems pleasurable to them (Heb. 11:24–25) and they don’t seem to suffer much because of it so they just continue on with how things are. What they do not realize is that if they continue in sin they will find it to be very costly in the day of judgment. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death…” The “death” in this passage is not the physical death which comes at the end of our lives here upon the earth. Rather, it is the “second death” of eternal separation from God in a place of torment. Revelation 21:8 says, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Who would want to choose that?
Jesus tells of the high cost of sin in Matthew 16:26 where He says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” God wants to open our eyes to the reality of what the path of sin will truly cost. That we will condemn ourselves eternally! Because of ignorance, many never realize what a price they are paying for their sins.
There is hope for the sinner, though. Jesus died on the cross to pay the high cost of sin (1 Pet. 1:18–19). Sadly, some, knowing of that sacrifice and the saving power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16), refuse to obey Christ because they are happy with their lives and possibly even rationalize that “if God is really a loving God, hell won’t be so bad.” While God is described as love (1 John 4:8), He is also referred to as a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).
Never underestimate the high price of sin. Wake up to what it really costs you. Obey the gospel of Christ and have your sins washed away (Acts 2:38) so that you will not have to pay a price too high to fathom.
by Gene Taylor
edited by Jay