We may ask the question, why Free? Is anything free? “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev.22:17)
We have to watch and pray, to struggle and strive, if we are to receive the crown of life.
We may ask the question, how can it be free when I have thus strain all my energy in order to make it mine “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” (Lk.13:24)
Yet, the very truth that we do thus strive shows that we have already drunk of the water of life.
It is the energy of that grace of God working in us “nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:” (Gal .2:20)
If you had never drunk, you would not be fighting against evil.
Our spiritual life comes from Christ, and because of it, we are thus aroused “The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” (Jh.4:15) (8.)
If you were dead spiritually you would make no effort at all warring against sin.
Our struggle spiritually proves that Christ grace has been given, and it is not withdrawn. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (II. Tim. 1:9)
So many people are slow to believe the Lord. People who are not athirst don’t think anything at all about the subject.
So many people don’t care for salvation, and, therefore, the conditions of its bestowal are no concern to them “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:28)
Many cannot believe that the Lord is good. They know he has a right to be hard with them, and they think he is so.
Earthly father would be hard with their children who have behaved as they have done, and so it is conclude the heavenly father will be likewise.
Nothing for nothing is the law of life. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen.3:19)
But yet there is great reason why people everywhere should believe.
First, All of God’s best and greatest gifts are free, life itself. We certainly paid nothing for that, but, is it not precious to us? O, how we struggle to preserve, adorn, and prolong it.
Secondly, all the essentials of life are free. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the light and warmth of the sun, the land which produces our food. These were all freely given.
Thirdly, all that makes our life blessed comes free. The mind, with all its powers, the affection, which are the consolation and sweeteners of life, the sense and love of the beautiful, in art, in nature, conscience, in the guide of life, all these are given freely, and they are God’s best earthly gifts, and are free. Therefore this gift, the “water of life,” which is more precious than all, may well be free likewise “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Fourthly, It is the Lord who gives to us all things “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Mt.26:26)
Should the Lord descend to bargain with us? to let us transact with his salvation? “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him.” (Job7:17)
For God there can be but one relations in which he stands to us in this matter.
He is God, in truth, the only God. “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:” (Isa.45:5
fifthly, The gifted of salvation, how could it be purchased? If it were but of a small worth we might, perhaps, find a price, but being what it is, what can purchase it ? “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isa.55:1)
How blessed it is to belief in the living God, for there are none to whom we may not go with the gospel message. “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.“ (Lk.14:23)
Were there limitation, terms, and condition, we could not invite all “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts10:34) Our faith in the Lord will destroy and overcome the power of sin.
What the Lord dislikes we must learn to dislikes and what he loves we must learn love.
Our faith in the Lord inspires us with pure purpose “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” (Heb.11:4)
Faith will continual to further our salvation and help our Christian endeavor. It is ever prompting the question, “Lord, what wilt thou have ne to do?” (Acts 9:6)
Salvation will impart a blessed satisfaction in our life “ He that drinketh of the water that I shall give him,” said our Lord, “shall never thirst.” (Jh.4:14) We will thirst for more of that water, but never for nothing beside it.
A mere mental assent of of salvation is not enough, nor just believing. But if we believe, if we live by the teaching of the gospel, then we shall be joyful, holy and made strong.