I can recall my father always saying, "There are no free lunches". I didn't quite understand what he meant until I was working, paying bills and living on my own. I started to realize he meant that in life there is always a trade-off which has an effect not only on my time or money but in all areas of my life.
Now, what is a trade off?
Well, Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines trade-off in two ways. The first is a balancing of factors all of which are not attainable at the same time and the second is giving up one thing in return for another.
In life, there is always a trade-off of some sort and the same goes for being a follower of Christ. Jesus explained this in Matthew 16:25 KJV when he said, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." He was letting his disciples know that no one could continue to live a life of sin and be saved too.
This concept of a trade-off is also echoed in 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV which says "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." I also learned this lesson well during the time in my life when I turned away from God. I noticed when I chose to turn towards the ways and things of the world, I ended up sacrificing my Christian character (Galatians 5:22 & 23) until it was no longer existing in me. I became a new creature but one who was dark, cold hearted and very self-absorbed. So when you choose this walk of faith, just know that something is required of you because like my father said, "there are no free lunches".