“All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk!”
— Isaiah. 55:1
Imagine going to a fine restaurant and being invited to come in, especially if you were thirsty, and not having to give a second thought about paying for your drink or food. Whatever you eat is free and you will be served well. Don’t you think there would be a rush at that restaurant, especially if they advertised in the local paper or radio station?
We know this passage refers to God’s grace, that precious gift offered to each one of us, simply for the taking. Still, many people do not accept it. It is free of charge, offered without cost or obligation, and yet many people walk past it, just as they would a fine restaurant that offered free food and drink.
Do you think people are suspect when something is free? Do you think they reason that it must not be that good if they have to give it away? We often connect the value of something to its price tag. If something is free, it must mean that no one else wanted it. It’s surplus and they want to clear out the space for something better. So here, you take it. No, no, don’t bother paying for it. That’s fine.
Just like those people who walk past a fine restaurant and not accept the offer of free food and drink, those who turn away from God’s grace are missing the finest gift of all. For grace is God’s presence to us, given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit, poured out through Jesus’ self-giving on the cross. That was a gift. It was and is free. And it is offered to anyone and everyone who wishes to accept it.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.