“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“The Best Things of Life Are Free”
(Please read Romans 6:23)
Our title today is the title of a song some of us used to sing. Written by Virgil O. Stamps and Luther G. Presley, it contained several truths that we would do well to recall from time to time as we encounter some of the harsher realities of life.
Here are some of those free things the song mentioned: “You can’t buy the sunshine at midnight, You can’t buy the moon at the dawn, You can’t buy your youth when you have grown old, Nor your life when your heartbeat is gone; You can’t buy the love of a mother, Nor childhood again at her knee. Although you may hold earth’s silver and gold, the best things of life are free.”
And the greatest of our free gifts is salvation in Christ. His invitation is, “Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost” (Revelation 22:17, NAS). Then the gift is there for the taking by “one who wishes.”
While it is free to the human family, salvation is not without cost, since it was purchased for us with the blood of Christ (see Hebrews 2:9). And we must pay a price, in a way, since we must come to Christ in full surrender to him. He referred to the price as carrying our cross, and declared, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27, NAS).
Surely in eternity our crosses will pale into insignificance compared to the best thing in our lives – salvation.