Wednesday: April 22, 2020
John 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
Yesterday, I watched a video of one of my favorite vloggers and the title was ‘I hate free’. At first, I was taken aback and wondered ‘who doesn’t like free stuff? Free food, free service, free money, free accommodation, free education and so forth. For every word the word free precedes, we tend to run to claim and that is not unusual. But there is a catch to free, the things that come free, are often less valued.
Think about this: ‘in the middle of a robbery, if you were presented with a choice to give up one item paid for with a significant amount of your hard earned money or another which you got for free, which would you more readily part with? You don’t have to play nice here for majority of us will let go of that which they got free because again ‘what is free, is valued less’. That is why Salvation was not free, it was paid for.
The world had a prize in the eyes of God, His creation was of value to Him. For this reason, He paid the value of its worth to save it and that was to offer His only son. That was the price. Therefore to God, we have a hefty price tag attached to us and that is no joke. His jealousy when we begin to wander away, his anger sometimes when we ignore Him and His brokenhearted when we refuse to listen is because we are of value to Him.
I am not sure if you get the picture I am painting but simply put ‘God placed a value on the world when He deemed the offer of Jesus on the cross its equivalent’. That value is your true worth. So until you come to appreciate that you are ‘not free’, but worth a hefty prize, you may not really acknowledge where you ought to stand in this world.