During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, was working in Cuba. One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her and offered to buy food for some of his sick and wounded Rough Riders. But she refused to sell him what he wanted. Roosevelt could not understand. He cared about his men, and he was going to pay for the supplies out of his own funds. So he went to the surgeon in charge, who said to him, “Colonel, just ask for it!” A smile broke over Roosevelt’s face. Now he understood – the provisions were not for sale. “I will ask for it,” he said, and when he did, he got the food at once.
That’s how a sinner receive eternal life. Salvation is a gift. If it could be bought, the auction would be crowded with millionaires competing for the purchase, and the vast majority of earth’s population would be excluded. If it could be gained by working for it, the strong and able-bodied would push the weak and sickly out of the running. But God’s forgiveness provided through Jesus Christ is free for the asking! In his song “Rock of Ages,” Augustus Toplady wrote, “Could my tears forever flow, could my zeal no languor know, these for sin could not atone – Thou must save, and Thou alone.” Nothing we can do will ever earn God’s gift. Only through faith in Christ and what He has done on Calvary’s cross can we receive what we so desperately need.
Do you have eternal life through Jesus Christ? It’s available to you if humbly acknowledge your sin and “just ask” Jesus to save you! – Paul R. Van Gorder
- The righteousness of Christ
Is free to everyone
But we by faith must take that gift
And trust God’s precious Son. – D. J. De Haan
- Why are people willing to pay the high price of being lost when salvation is free?
- May 19, 1984, Our Daily Bread