As we stood in worship this Sunday morning,
arms raised in praise,
“OOOhhh, oh, oh, here I stand,
Arms opened wide.
Ooohhh, oh, oh, I am yours
And you are mine,”
all I could think about was receiving.
“What would you do if you had a million dollars?
You know, one, comma, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero?”
“A million dollars? Where did I get it?”
“I don’t know–a very generous benefactor just gave it to you.
What are you going to do with all that money?”
“Why did he give it to me? What did I do?”
“He just gave it to you–he likes you. He’s a nice guy, okay?
A million bucks–it’s yours–what are you going to do with it?”
“Well, I don’t know. Do I get it in installments or all at once?”
“You get it all at once–an entire lump sum–it’s right here for the taking.”
“A million dollars. Thats a lotta money Do I have to pay taxes on it first?
I mean, it could turn into like only $800,000 or something.”
“FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!!” someone just gave you one million tax-free dollars because they like you.
What are you going to do with it?”
“Wow, well, I don’t know…….I could put it under this mattress over in the corner…”
A free gift is free–it doesn’t cost US anything, but it cost Him everything.
And, to state the obvious, it’s a gift–we have to reach out with our hands open and receive it.
How we argue and argue with God–the ‘ifs, ands or buts’, the ‘whys?’
We may have received our salvation–His best, first gift–but have we shared it with others?
Are we open and accepting of His other gifts to us–healing, forgiveness, wholeness?
By God’s grace, my answer will always be a ‘Yes’ and a ‘thank you’ over and over again.
And my stance will be upright, arms outstretched in praise and gratitude for His gifts, every single one of them.
C. Jody Lee Collins 2012