Monday Musings: free drinks for life

“Free is a very good price!”

Growing up in Portland, I used the hear that phrase a lot.

It came out of the mouth of a local businessman who used it to promote his business on TV and entice people to come into his stores…and spend money.

Ahhh the catch.

Seems like there is always some kind of catch when something is “free” doesn’t it?

Buy one get one free.

Free drink with 12 points.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I like free stuff.

It’s just that we often have to spend money or work at something before it actually becomes “free.”

Because nothing in life worth having is truly free…right?

Wrong.

The truth is that the best thing you can have in life is free.

The prophet Isaiah put it this way in Isaiah 55:1…

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink-even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk-it’s all free!”

And, then there was Jesus, who told a woman who was filling up her empty bucket with water at a well…

“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Both the prophet Isaiah and Jesus understood that we’re all thirsty…and not just physically thirsty.

We all have spiritual thirsts.

We all have relational thirsts.

We all thirst for significance, security, and acceptance.

We all thirst for meaning and purpose.

The bottom line is, we were all created to be thirsty beings.

And, we all go after all kinds of things to quench our thirsts.

Power.

Status.

Money/possessions.

Comfort.

Control.

Relationships.

Idols.

Religion.

But, here’s the deal…

All of those things will cost you something.

And only leave you more thirsty.

God created us to be thirsty beings, but he also gave us the opportunity to quench all of our thirsts forever in Jesus.

At the end of the day…

At the end of your days…the only way that your thirsts will be quenched forever is by accepting something that is actually free.

So, take Isaiah’s advice back in Isaiah 55 when he says…

“Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”

Jesus paid to quench your thirsts forever with his life. But, there will be a day where your time on this earth will run out.

A day when this free offer is no longer available for you to accept.

A day where Jesus will be the one sitting on his throne in heaven saying…

“It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.” (Revelation 21:6)

Free is a very good price…especially when it’s truly free.

The invitation is there from Jesus.

Free drinks for life.

Are you ready to accept his invitation before it’s too late?