A few years ago, I talked to a pastor who told me that salvation "costs" us because we must "sacrifice our lives". If salvation costs then does that mean that it posseses a price that you must exchange with God in order to buy salvation? I thought salvation was a gift that you could not earn or buy? I thought that God must freely give you salvation by His grace when He decides to credit your faith in Jesus as rigtheousness? Does salvation have a cost or does "following Jesus as a disciple" have a cost? Can someone give me scriptrual support in his/her position?