Free Does Not Mean “No Cost”

Every free thing you have received that is truly a treasure cost SOMEONE who loved you enough to pay.

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Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

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As I thought upon our Text for Today, the Lord gave me the following brief rhyme.  One may even call it a poem.  

Look up, look down . . . you’ll find Him all around.

Just look and see . . . His life for you is free.

In my nearly 72-years of life, I have come to own many treasured possessions.  Some of them I have purchased with my own money.  Some of them have been given to me by my sons, thought at the time, I was actually the one who gave them the money to buy what they chose.  Still, when they gave that purchase to me, it became a prized possession.  Other things that are precious to me have been bought specifically for me by someone dear to me.  A few of those prized possessions were things I earned through diligence, training, and at time, even enduring some pain (such as my black belts in martial arts).  And then there are those things that someone prized as their own possessions for a time, and at some point, chose to give them to me.  One of those, for example, is a .22 caliber rifle given to me by one of the greatest men of God I have ever known.  He bought it when I was five years old, promised it to me, and then presented it to me when I was 25-years old.

But I can assure you that all the prized possessions I have that were given to me freely, with no financial investment of my own, each of them came with a cost.  At times that cost was great.  And even if the cost were small, there was still a cost.  And when that thing that became my prized possession was highly prized by the giver, its cost greater still, and I look upon it as even more highly prized.

Now consider the following.  Your salvation cost you nothing.  There is no amount of money that could have purchased it for you, of for any one person throughout all of time.  It took the amazing sacrifice of Jesus and the shedding of His holy blood to pay for your salvation.  Once again, it cost you nothing, yet the cost was beyond all calculation.  As one songwriter penned, “He paid a price He did not owe; I owed a debt I could not pay; I needed someone to wash my sin away.”  The gift of salvation is priceless indeed.  No human being could pay it, but Jesus did.  It was completely free to me, yet its cost was beyond all human calculation.  And He did not do it for only me.  He did it for you, too, and for every man, woman, and child that has ever lived.  But while it is beyond payment, perhaps we can begin to do the best we can to serve Him with gladness, and pay all we can pay in love and service to Him and His kingdom.

Manna for Today – Psalm 19; Psalm 100; Psalm 150; John 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21;         Hebrews 4:12

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