Spiritual Life: God is a free gift, no strings attached
PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 April 2018
If you happen to be in the right branch of M&S at the right time, you can get to taste free food samples.
It can be hard to resist some of the delicious smells of freshly cooked food, and the invitation to try a few tasty morsels.
The idea of giving away free samples is, of course, to encourage the customers to buy more food.
We’re bombarded with “free” offers these days: free wi-fi, free loyalty cards from our shops, and of course “buy-one-get-one-free”.
We tend to be rather wary of “free” gifts and offers because, very often, there are strings attached – terms and conditions which must be met, requests for personal information we don’t really want to share, and contracts we don’t really want to make.
When we read about God’s offer of life in relationship with him, it’s often described in the Bible using illustrations of free food and drink:
“Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Isaiah 55:1).
“Whoever is thirsty, let them come; and whoever wishes, let them take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).
God lavishes his love on us as an unearned, undeserved gift.
We are invited to follow his example: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
One of the practical ways we can do this is by sharing food with those who have little or none.
Donations to Redbridge Food Bank through our local supermarkets is an easy way of doing this.
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