He Who Has No Money, Come!
by Toni Babcock 6/26/2012 / Salvation
What is the "currency" we sometimes attempt to buy God's favor with? It seems built into the very nature of man to want to pay for God's grace. It may be our good deeds or devotion. It may be any assortment of noble or religious behavior designed to impress God with our goodness. Call it pride or self-sufficiency, but getting something for nothing when we know we don't deserve it just doesn't seem right, so we tend to automatically reach into our "spiritual pockets" for some kind of currency to pay God for His grace until we discover it is of no use, we may as well be offering him a wooden nickel.
As long as we attempt to pay Almighty God with our own currency in order to get what we think we deserve, the job of his Holy Spirit will be to convince us exactly what it is we actually do deserve, which is God's righteous judgment. We will never learn to rest in Jesus when we are striving to save ourselves. The prophet Isaiah wrote "We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away," (Isaiah 64:6 ESV).
I believe it is a sense of alienation that drives a soul to try to earn God's favor, because whether we admit it or not, we know we fall short of His glory. The Bible confirms what we intuitively know; "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23 ESV).
To illustrate this, consider how we would never try to pay a friend or a family member who loved us for a gracious gift. Instead, we would receive their gifts with open hands, and thank them for their generosity. But those who have not yet learned to trust God, or who feel alienated or strangers to His love and grace, will find it impossible to receive from God freely, because they are unable to believe Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient to satisfy God's holy demands. Once they cast away their doubt, and understand what Christ did in love to purchase their pardon from sin, they will stop trying to do the impossible, and simply believe and receive Christ in all his fullness.
God is inviting mankind to come freely to him with empty hands. "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!" "Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant," (Isaiah 55 verses 1a & 3 ESV).
This is a saving grace that cannot be bought. It is possible when we believe the good news of salvation; when we understand that God is simply calling us to believe and receive His Son. The Apostle John wrote, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name," (John 1:12 KJV).
God calls us to a life of freedom from sin, and to a life of spiritual power that enables us to live for Him. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them," (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV).
Christ has accomplished everything needed to save our souls from judgment, and to live a righteous life. When we believe His word, receiving Jesus Christ into our lives freely as our Savior and our Lord, we will experience this all surpassing grace.
Toni Babcock is a freelance Christian writer from South St. Paul. She enjoys writing short stories for children and young people, as well as memoirs, poetry and spiritual essays.