Salvation is free. Discipleship is costly. What God has done for us in Jesus is a free gift of grace. As it says in Ephesians 2:8, ‘it is by grace we have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast’.
A free gift, that we do not earn through the things we do. But, just as anything that is worth it requires time, sacrifice and discipline, so following Jesus involves our intentional effort. We invest ourselves and our time in our faith because we believe in what God has won for us.