My friend, may I ask you a question? Why is it that as Christians we so often find ourselves thinking that there is somehow a way that we can pay for God’s freely given salvation? Can something so precious really have a price? Are there no “payables” with God. So, should we accept His grace as a gift and be thankful?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Growing up I was always taught to offer a kindness for a kindness. If someone did something nice for you, do something nice for him in kind. You let me ride your bike and I’ll let you ride mine. This worked most of the time and was a pretty good rule of thumb that served me well whether that was dealing with my playmates or my brothers and sisters. But, there was one time when repaying in kind was not a good thing. This was something that my father drilled into us as kids. If somebody offers you something that has no price, don’t be a fool and offer to pay for it. You’ll only insult the giver and gain shame for yourself. You don’t pay for hospitality or friendships. These things have no price.
Why is it then that as Christians we so often find ourselves thinking that there is somehow a way that we can pay for God’s freely given salvation? Can something so precious really have a price?
Here’s a story: During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton was overseeing the work of the Red Cross in Cuba. One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her, wanted to buy food for his sick and wounded Rough Riders. But she refused to sell him any. Roosevelt was perplexed. His men needed the help and he was prepared to pay out of his own funds. When he asked someone why he could not buy the supplies, he was told, “Colonel, just ask for it!” A smile broke over Roosevelt’s face. Now he understood--the provisions were not for sale. All he had to do was simply ask and they would be given freely. (Our Daily Bread, October 11, 1992.)
The gift of salvation is just that—a gift. And, you don’t pay for a gift. That would be an insult to the giver. The last thing we need to do is insult God. The price for our salvation is beyond that which we can bear. There is only one way to get to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. When the love of Christ dwells in us, it becomes God’s hospitality beyond price. There are no “payables” with God. So, accept His grace as a gift and be thankful. Salvation is not for sale. All you have to do is simply ask and it will be freely given.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we know that we have broken Your laws and our sins have separated us from You. We are truly sorry, and we want to turn away from our past sinful lives toward you. Please forgive us, and help us avoid the temptation to sin. We believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ died for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears our prayers. We acknowledge that our salvation in Jesus Christ is a free gift without merit or worthiness in us. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help us obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of our lives, always remembering and holding dear the knowledge that salvation is a free gift, freely given, and we can never pay for it ourselves. In Jesus name. Amen.
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