Friday, 9 September 2011

Free lunch?

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Discuss”. I was well prepared for this essay title in my A-level Economics exam.  I carefully assembled all the economic arguments dealing with the scarcity of resources and the opportunity costs associated with using those resources to conclude in agreement with this favourite saying of economists. I was very proud of myself when I received my A-grade.

I think I would like to go back and tear up my answer and start again, if it wasn’t for the fact that I am so relieved that I don’t have to study for exams anymore! I would draw a completely different conclusion today, now that I have met with my God, the Creator of the Universe.

For our loving Heavenly Father continually bestows upon us free gifts that we have not earned, cannot pay for and are unable to repay Him for – however much we may try.

The gift of life itself – the very fact that we are here, able to enjoy the beauty of His creation however marred it may be as a result of the Fall, for it displays the invisible qualities of His eternal power and divine nature.

Just think – every morning, He causes the sun to rise in the skies, sending its warmth and beauty into our world. He sends the rain to enable our crops to grow whether we acknowledge Him or not. To witness the beauty of a sunset as He paints the sky myriad colours takes away the breath of those who are His children and those who are not. We are blessed with hearing birds singing, crickets chirping, waves crashing onto the shore, to say nothing of the smells and tastes we enjoy.

Gifts, free gifts all of them, without cost.

But then there is a gift which is not without cost to the One who gave it. Will we ever understand the grief the giving of this gift caused in the heart of the Father? A gift which we cannot buy for we are up to our eyes in debt. Yet a gift which will cost us – our pride, for it is a gift which we can only graciously receive, humbly bowing our knees and accepting this free, glorious Gift.

The gift of His Son – John 3:16.

The acceptance of this gift is itself the result of another gift, the gift of faith – Ephesians 2:8

And the gift of His Son leads to so many other amazing gifts:

The gift of the Holy Spirit – Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38; 

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor 12:4; Hebrews 2:4

The gift of a new heart, a heart of flesh – Ezekiel 36:26

The gift of rest – Matthew 11:28

The gift of eternal life – Romans 6:23

The gift of grace – Ephesians 4:7

The gift of living water – John 4:10

The gift of righteousness – Romans 5:17

The gift of peace – John 14:27

The gift of daily bread – Matthew 6:11

The gift of fullness in Christ – Colossians 2:10

The gift of victory – 1 Corinthians 15:57

And I can’t begin to fathom the depth of meaning of this verse: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all— how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32

What an amazing God we serve, this Giver of Good Gifts. There is only one possible response:

Freely you have received, freely give – Matthew 10:8


  1. What a wonderful post! Well said, Diana!

    I lift up my voice in prayer with you today, to worship our God who has given us so much and to ask Him to teach me to always have a hand willing to freely give.

    Love you!

  2. Love you Diana, what a wonderful, thought provoking post! God has given us so much, but none of it compares to the Gift of Eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ...thank you so much for reminding me of this today. Love and blessings my friend!

  3. Amen Diana! Wonderful reflection!

    I remember when I first got saved marveling over Matthew 11:28 which says, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    What kind of a trade is this?", I thought to myself! Clearly, I got the better end of the trade!

    While there may not be any free lunches on Wall Street, or in the world -- bless God for the free gift of salvation in Christ!

    Great post sis!

  4. Diana, this essay deserves an A+! But who needs it, when God's grace outshines even the best that we could ever do, or say, or write, right? Wonderful post! Blessings!

  5. Thank you all for your comments! Such joy to know and worship a God who gives free gifts, which as you said, Christina, is so anathema to the attitude of the world. And it is such a delight to grow in the knowledge of all He has given us, to understand more of the riches of the inheritance He has given us in Christ. May we all continue to grow, and to give as a result! Love you all!