Recently, I told my daughter to bring a bottle of nonalcoholic wine from the refrigerator. As I was about popping it, my younger daughter teased me by saying; “Daddy, don’t pop it. It’s expensive. That’s 10 million naira!” I wondered where she got that from. We discussed around this idea of popping expensive drink in celebration. Much more, we learnt that some things must be handled with care because they are very expensive

Friend, knowing the value of your life and destiny is a critical wisdom for a life of accountability and success. What you don’t value, you won’t take serious. Until you count the cost, you will be giving what is holy to dogs (Matthew 7:6). You will be receiving the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1). You need to count the cost.

Your life is expensive. It cost someone his precious blood for you to live (John 3:16). When people make statements like; “It’s my life. It’s my decision or destiny,” I know they are missing it somewhere. Especially if you are born again, what you call your life is not actually yours. At redemption, there was an exchange that took place.

Jesus gave you His life to live on His behalf (2 Corinthians 5:15). To live for self is to undermine the value of redemption. Although salvation is a free gift from God, it, however, came at the expense of someone else’s life. Jesus died so that you could live. He paid the price for what you are enjoying today. If you must waste your life, waste it on Jesus. Waste it on the purpose for which Christ left you here on earth (Mark 14:3-9, Philippians 3:7-10).

Your body is expensive, and you need to handle it with care. Caring for your body and preserving it for a holy use is to honour the price that Jesus paid (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). This is why we are encouraged to possess our body in sanctification and honour (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4). When you abuse your body with sexual sin and other unholiness use, you are trampling under foot the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:29).

The call of God upon your life is expensive (Acts 1:16-20, Hebrews 5:4). This is why the devil will go to any length to ensure you don’t fulfil it (Proverbs 6:26). The oil on your head is not cheap. You cannot afford to waste it on the laps of Delilah (Judges 16:18-20, Ecclesiastes 9:8). You must not allow sleep or laziness to empty you of the substance of your calling and grace. You need to give diligence to make your calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). You need to count the cost.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria