By and by his father called to him very kindly, and said, "Willie, can you tell me how much you have cost me since you have been born?" The father waited a while, and then said that he reckoned he had "cost him a hundred pounds."
The lad opened his eyes and wondered at the expense he had been. He seemed to see the hundred sovereigns all glittering before him, and in his heart determined to repay his father by doing all he could to please him. The reproof sank deeper into his heart than a hundred stripes.
When I read this story, it occurred to me, "What have I cost my Saviour?" Then I remember these precious words, "Ye are not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
G. Everard, page 23 in One Thousand Evangelistic Illustrations, edited by Webb, A. (1924). New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers