Listen to this devotional:
How greatly the word free is used to grab our attention — on postal flyers, in newspaper or television advertisements, and even on the Internet! We are enticed to try new cosmetic products, cereals, and gourmet foods being offered free! Do we ever consider that someone has already factored the cost of the article into the overall expense of producing and advertising the article being promoted, in the hope that we will become regular purchasers of the items they so actively promote?
Are we as eager to accept a truly free gift that has been fully paid for and freely offered? The Lord Jesus Christ paid dearly for the gift that He offers to all. With His life, He paid for the sins of all. When anyone accepts His loving sacrifice, there also come bonuses: the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and counsel each believer, and the promise that Jesus will never leave nor forsake His own. Why would we be so excited to receive a material gift that is devoured, rusts, wears out, or becomes useless, when one can receive the most precious of all gifts: eternal life and the love, joy, and peace that come from knowing Jesus in all His fullness? Could it be that we are afraid we might have to give up some cherished activity, some unwholesome friendship, some addiction?
Sometimes it is required that to receive a free gift, one has to answer a simple mathematical question. The question asked of each person who desires the gift of life eternal is, Do you believe and desire that your sins be forgiven so that Jesus may be Lord of your life? "I surrender all" may frighten even the most daring adventurer, yet it is in complete surrender that the fruits of the grace of the Saviour are realized.
John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)
Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the glorious gift of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that we can call upon His name and believe in His mercy, grace, and saving power, so that we have hope of eternal life through His sacrificial life, death, and resurrection power. Give us the wisdom to accept His free gift, the Holy Spirit, and reap the fruit against which there is no law. Amen.