I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “free is for me!” Or “Free? That’s my price range!” I’ve even been the one to say these on many occasions. But I don’t actually believe it, when it comes to the core of how we think. In other words, and pardon the pun, I’m not buying it.
The reason I say this is that at a very basic human level, we actually reject things that are granted to us freely. Free gifting actually poses a threat. And this is seen most clearly on a spiritual level.
God’s unlimited grace toward those who are in Christ is a free gift. But in reality, we love to talk about the free gift of God’s grace more than we actually want to receive it.
Here’s why: when we receive a gracious and free gift, we often feel like indebted to the giver. As humans, we quickly slip into “I-owe-you mode”. In other words, almost anything that someone does for us makes us feel like we are now in their debt.
But for some twisted reason, “I-owe-you more” is quite comfortable to live in. If you graciously gift me with something of a limited quantity, you only have influence over my actions for a limited time until I pay you back or the gift has expired.
For example, if you pay for me to go on a vacation with you (flights, lodging, activities, etc.), then you get the most amount to say over how we spend our vacation together. Once I return home, however, I can do whatever activities I want without asking you about it.
But the reason you don’t actually like to receive the free gift of God‘s unreserved and unlimited grace is because there is no amount of paying God back that would ever be sufficient for everything he has done for you.
And therefore, there is no limit to what God can ask of you.
When God has graciously given you an unlimited and eternal inheritance in Christ, apart from (and despite) anything you have ever done, there is, then, an unlimited and eternal authority that God has over your entire life.
This is why the apostle Paul said, “You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) And this is why you feel threatened by God’s grace that is free and unlimited toward you.
So here’s the question: will you be courageous enough to receive it?
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