I was driving to work early one morning, when the sun had not yet awoken to stretch out its arms over the land.  I decided to stop and pump some gas.  Tiredly, I got out of my car, struggled to the pump, opened the little door, and fed my car some petroleum for breakfast.  As I stood there waiting to see how much my car would slurp and how much money I was going to be charged this time, something caught my eye.  I saw it.  I saw the words we all wish to see but often never do.  “FREE.”  I could not believe it.  Was I still sleeping or dreaming? 

Now don’t get your hopes up.  The gas was not free.  No, what I saw was further in the distance.  What could be free in this day and age when affluence and greed govern the world or at least our nation?  Did I say nation?  I meant church

As I read the sign more carefully, it all made sense to me, sort of.  Actually, what I read was more ironic than something being free.  The sign actually said, “FREE AIR!”  First, I was like—“Huh?”  Then I was like, “What?”  That’s right.  The gas station was boldly advertising that the air for your tires was free at this air pump.  That means I wouldn’t have to put in $1.25 in the air machine and have to rush like a pit stop boy to put air in my tires.  You know what that’s like, don’t you?  You sprint to each tire, fingers shaking—making stupid mistakes, trying to beat the machine before it runs out of breath. 

I didn’t get my free air that morning because I had to get to work and make a paycheck to buy my bottled water to drink.  Plus, I needed to buy dirt in a bag to put in my flower bed so it looks nice. 

The irony is suffocating isn’t it?  What has the world come to?  Yet the one thing that we need most; the one thing that should cost us more than everything is actually freer than that air I saw that morning.  What then is this thing I speak of that is priceless, yet free?  SALVATION! 

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…”

Romans 6:23 “…but the free gift of God is eternal life.”

What did it cost us?  It cost us nothing.  It cost Him everything…His only Son. 

Reflect on this today.  In a world where almost everything cost something, the something that we need most cost us nothing.  “Thank you Lord for your free gift of eternal life!  May I never take for granted the price you paid for me to receive freely.”

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