“The payoff for a life of sin is death, but God is offering us a free gift—eternal life through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King” (Romans 6:23).
I like free stuff. I admit it.
Every so often, I stop off at the Brentwood Public Library and check in the front where they keep all the materials that for whatever reason they can’t accept as donations.
I’ve found more than a few antiquated computer manuals from the late great 80’s and some other unintentional sleep aids. I’ve also managed to run across some treasures.
I picked up a seven-volume set of classic books on prayer that I will (hopefully) read before I die.
I found a Dorothy Sayers mystery paperback that I actually hadn’t read before.
I found a couple of opera recordings on CD that I will use to further broaden my musical horizons.
I do so love free stuff.
After all, aren’t the best things in life free?
My salvation was free to me, but not free to God. It cost Him Jesus. It cost Him everything.
I don’t say that to invoke a guilt trip on anyone, but as a reminder to myself that I should never take any part of the process lightly or for granted.
I need to remind myself that I’m saved not because I was oh so very clever or witty or crafty but simply and solely out of the grace of God.
The key, then, for me is to live gratefully. The lesson from all this is to see all my life as a grace that I don’t deserve. To see whatever comes next as a gift, no matter how it fits into my preconceived plans. To live it as a hymn of gratitude back to God.
Oh, and I will keep checking the library for more cool free stuff.