Romans 6: 23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A wage would indicate payment for work, the pay packet being Death (separation from God); this is what we “earn” because of our missing the mark (sin).
Don’t Like the Pay:
wages of sin is death!
Accept Gods offer
That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Therefore, salvation is process of us being delivered from the consequences of sin and receiving the gift of eternal life.