Unlimited: It’s Free!
Dec 16, 2019 829
Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! (Isaiah 55:1, NLT).
We live in such a commercialised world that we have forgotten what “free” means. When someone makes us a “free” offer, we know it’s not really free. Even gifts aren’t really free. In many cultures, if you receive a gift you are expected to give another back. Think about it, you give gifts to those you love, don’t you? You don’t give gifts to the unworthy.
And that is what is so strikingly different about God’s gift of salvation to you!
It really is a gift! He loved you first, even while you didn’t love him (1 John 4:10). He died for you while you were still sunk in your sins (Romans 5:8). God saves you despite yourself, for his own sake (Isaiah 48:11).
In Isaiah 55:1, God emphasizes our need: “Is anyone thirsty?” He emphasises our inability to supply our need: “you have no money.” The situation seems hopeless.
But the verse also emphasises God’s invitation: “come and drink.” He emphasises that “it’s all free!” And he also emphasises our choice, which is the only thing in which we play our role: “Come, take your choice…”
When it comes to salvation, it’s not the value that you pay; it’s the value that Christ paid because of the love God has for you.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Too often people tend attach all sorts of “terms and conditions” to salvation, beyond our mere acceptance of the gift. What are some of the additional requirements that you attach to your salvation? How can you let go of these and accept God’s free gift?