Insulation in your house is a good thing.
Insulation on your heart is not.
But most of us create multiple layers of insulation in our lives that keep us from fully knowing and experiencing the love of Christ to the fullest extent.
The Gospel is free but the Christian life is not easy. Teachers, pastors, priests who tell you differently are inaccurate at best, deceivers at worst. But if people simply read their Bible or, at a minimum, the parables of Christ they would know that the Gospel of Jesus, according to Jesus is MORE valuable even than the Communist editor admits too in the quote below.
A Communist editor confessed,
“The Gospel is a much more powerful weapon for the renovation of society than our Marxist view. Yet it is we who shall conquer you in the end. We Communists do not play with words. We are realists, and because we are determined to reach our end, we also know how to provide necessary means.”
Speaking of sacrifice, he said,
“Of our salaries and wages we keep only what is absolutely necessary and the rest we give for propaganda purposes. To this same propaganda we also devote leisure time and part of our vacation. You, however, give only a little time and scarcely any money for the spreading of Christ’s gospel.”
The angry editor then sneered,
“How can anyone believe in the all-surpassing value of this Gospel if you do not practice it, if you do not spread it, if you sacrifice neither your time nor your money for that purpose? Believe me, it is we who shall conquer, because we believe in our Communist gospel and are willing to sacrifice everything, even life itself. But you are afraid of soiling your hands.”
No Easy Road, Dick Eastman
How valuable is the Kingdom of Heaven (the Gospel)?
Well, Jesus gave a “blue-collar” and a “white collar” version of the same parable in Matthew 13:44-46:
Hidden Treasure and the Costly Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
So valuable that a man will give up,
willingly give up,
joyfully give up, everything to have it.
Are we living that way?
The Communists think we should, if we believe the gospel.
So does Jesus.