Being a careful scouser, I love a good deal! If I can find a bargain, I’m a happy woman. Mind you, when I was young, if I came home with a price-reduced item, my dad always used to say, “And what will you do with the money you saved?” So we do have to be sure that we really want/need the item, and not just buying it because we are paying less – ’cause that works out dearer if you think about it!
Anyway, back to Noah and the impending flood – Genesis 6 v 17 – 21
17 “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
It was a deal – Noah and his family would be saved, but they had to bring the animals and seeds with them. There was a fair bit of work involved, but when your life and your family are at stake, you’re pretty motivated to get involved.
There’s a deal on offer for us too. Jesus paid the price for our sins, to make a way of salvation for us. It cost him dear. But although it is offered to us freely, there is a cost to us.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6 v 19-20
He has given his life for us, and in return he can expect that we live our lives for him. When we don’t feel like being ‘spiritual’ we must remember, it’s part of the bargain. And it wasn’t some cheap, knock down price that he paid either – ‘he paid what he thought you were worth’. (Graham Kendrick)