by: Lynn Passet
My wife Ellen enjoys selling things online. Sometimes she'll even get up on a Saturday morning in the summer and spend the morning hours going to garage sales. As the saying goes, "One man's junk is another man's treasure!"
If you have been to many garage sales you know that "bartering" is a part of the process. An item might be marked to be sold for just a dollar but still, someone wants to make that deal and get it for just 50-cents! It's amazing to me what people will offer for something that's really not worth much to begin with!
Have you ever tried to barter with God for something? Perhaps you just want a better living situation and next thing you know you're saying things like "Please God, just find a way for me to be able to buy this new home and I'll come to church every Sunday!" Perhaps you are distraught over a relationship with someone you love and you find yourself telling God, "If you'll just make Brenda forgive me and speak to me again I'll start reading the bible everyday and I'll start going to bible study and Sunday School."
Well, God doesn't barter with us and we can't barter with Him either! Whether we realize it or not, God holds our eternal salvation in his hands and he offers it to us for free - asking no money of it and it comes with no price tag attached. Yet so many of us act like God's love surely comes at a cost to us!
It's so hard for many of us to accept that God's love is free because we are so used to having to pay something for anything that we get. However; in this case it's true -- God's love for us is free and so is our salvation if we just accept it and use it!
Those cheap, used and worthless items at the garage sale have a price attached to them. Only because we think they have value! Have you ever noticed the best things in life are completely free? It costs us nothing for the air that we breathe, the view of the stars at night and the joy of being loved are all completely free!
However; the greatest gift of all is our salvation that's already been bought and paid for by Jesus Christ! I hope you'll keep this in mind as we move slowly toward Holy Week and Good Friday! "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) God Bless, Pastor Lynn