During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton was overseeing the work of the Red Cross in Cuba. One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her, wanting to buy food for his sick and wounded Rough Riders. But she refused to sell him any.
Roosevelt was perplexed. He men needed the help and he was prepared to pay out of his own funds. When he asked someone why he could not buy the supplies, he was told, “Colonel, just ask for it!” A smile broke over Roosevelt’s face. Now he understood – the provisions were not for sale. All he had to do was simply ask and they would be given freely.
That’s how a sinner receives eternal life. Salvation is a gift. If it could be bought at an auction, millionaires would compete for the purchase and most people would be excluded. If it could be gained by working for it, the strong would push the weak out of the running. But God’s forgiveness is free for the asking! Nothing we can do will ever earn God’s gift. Only through faith in Christ and in what He has done at Calvary’s cross can we receive provision for our soul’s deepest need.
Do you have eternal life through Jesus Christ? It’s available to you if you humbly acknowledge your sin and just ask Jesus to save you! – Paul R. Van Gorder
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Thy grace. – Crosby
Why pay the high price of being lost when salvation is free?
- October 11, 1992, Our Daily Bread