“Come all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey and more, without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1 Are you buying everything on credit or the currency of Christ?
God invites all to come into His shop (His fold, family, church, etc.) and buy gifts, talents, blessings, promises, and characteristics on the currency of Christ. Frankly, these ideas are present in my mind, but I don’t yet have the words to describe them. Any help is much appreciate. I’ll update as inspiration comes along, but here is a rough draft.
26 hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden (2 Nephi 26:26-28)
Buying on credit
Everything we have comes from God. There is only one “truly unique gift we have to give back to God and that is our will.” Neal A. Maxwell. Everything else is received as a gift from God whether we recognize it or not. Whether we struggle for it or not. God is always giving us gifts. He gives these to us freely. I say they are given on credit because we don’t earn or work for them. They are given on God’s good grace as credit to see what we will do with them. These, seemingly temporal, gifts on loan are given so we can exercise our agency. Do we waste away our credit on worldly ways and perishable products or?
1 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.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you Isaiah 55:1-3
We buy on credit when we waste away what has been given without giving glory to God (gratitude), a gospel perspective and working to multiply the talents.
Buying on the currency of Christ
Sometime all we have are mustard seeds to pay the bill and he’s ok with that because your obedience unlocks his miracles that multiply your currency with Christ. This in turn produces a money tree from which to constantly draw.
Oh, dearly, dearly has he loved!And we must love him too,And trust in his redeeming blood,And try his works to do.He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in
“There Is a Green Hill Far Away,” Hymns, 1985, no. 194