What price would you put on this free gift? What’s it worth to you?
This week I’m taking five minutes with the Five Minute Friday #fmfparty gang to write unedited on a theme sent out by Kate Motaung. The word-prompt today is GIFT
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I came across an offer on Twitter today – Jamie George has transparently told the story of his pilgrimage in marriage in his book Love Well and it’s free today on Amazon Kindle. I haven’t read it, but I’ve downloaded it. (US version here, UK version here). Maybe you’d like to take a look?
That said, I recognised that getting something for free doesn’t make me value it, necessarily. How many of us have walked past the kisok in a supermarket and inwardly said ‘meh’ at whatever was on offer, just because it was free?
That’s often my attitude.
Others of us will make a beeline for the bargain counter, to see what we can get for cheap, or free. We’ll rummage around, grab and grasp, and sometimes get home with a ‘bargain’ that we deeply regret. It wasn’t what we hoped. Tat. Worthless.
Our hearts can harden, and free turns into insignificant, or useless, or valueless.
There’s a lot to be said for teaching ourselves (and our children if we have them) that ‘nothing in this life is free’, ‘money costs something’, ‘earn your keep’. We learn to develop a work ethic, we learn to value things by working weekends to buy them (or perhaps with subs and help from parents).
But here’s the stickler: How does this make us feel about the free gift of Jesus’ life on a cross for us? Might we count it as ‘meh’, another freebie that’ll disappoint? An extravagant waste?
It comes to us as a gift, but it cost him everything.
This act of extravagant generosity might be wasted on us, it’s true. But he gave it all in the hope that we’d recognise the value of what – of who – is on offer. We can’t afford to walk past with indifference. Just because it’s free to us – and therefore an affront to our sense of self-worth and pride in earning our own way to heaven – that doesn’t mean that this gift is insignificant, useless, or valueless.
We mustn’t walk past indifferently.
There are many other myriad tokens of God’s love strewn on our path each day. Free gifts showered liberally. The touch of a dear one’s hand. The smile of a stranger. The breeze on our face. The sound of birdsong. Free, extravagant graces in our lives. And how do we value them? Can we count them as precious too?