There are many people in this world has to ‘buy’ and struggle to have their freedom.
Look at David in the bible, he was an athletic young lad when challenged Goliath. He spent his days taking care of the flocks. Run from one side to another side of the prairie, throw stones to the wild animals, carry the lamb if it sick, and walked long distance to bring the flocks home. Though everybody sang, “Little David…” He must be strong and well-trained.
Saul the King envy him. Makes David had to run to the mountains, run from Saul’s soldiers and run for a freedom. He has to beg to the local king he passed by, and once he had to pretend that he is crazy. He was a hero to Israelites, but he then deserted as a fugitive. What a price for a freedom.
Another bible man, Abraham, told a white lie to the Pharaoh when he entered Egypt. He was so afraid he might be killed if the egyptian find out that Sarai was his wife. God himself has to take care of the situation. When the truth revealed, Abraham set out from Egypt. He got a freedom, but also lost a freedom.
I visited an island called Galang, in north part of Indonesia. The island was a home for the Vietnamese refugee. They run from their country for freedom. They don’t want to be a follower of communist, and not able to stand the communist government. So, they run. Hundred people, women and kids, crowded in a small boat, sailed in the ocean with a hope for a better future. The future was not always nice to them. Many of them killed by pirates. When the pirates not able to find any precious things to sell or to eat in the boat, they raped the women and the girls. Many women and girls unable to cope the bitter feeling, the humiliation and the pain. They died of starvation, pain, disease, or depression. Mostly on depression. If they survived, many years in the refugee camp haunted by the bad experience and they never fully recovered. A very high price for a freedom. Pretend to be crazy, set out from a country is not as much as being raped.
God himself has let us free from the sin by pour His own blood in the cross. We are free. No need to protect ourselves from a Pharaoh, no need to run from Saul and no need to sailed in a crowded boat. It just granted to us.
Do we treasure it?
We are not a grateful believer if, we come to our church service late! God never late to give us such promise, assurance and forgiveness.
We are not a grateful believer if, we gossiping around in our church, using our tongue to say bad things about other people! God never reveal our sin to the world. He covered it with His holy blood, so the world unable to see it.
We are not a grateful believer if, we hesitate to give. Giving is a sign of a thankful person. Not only for the spectacular blessing they received, but for being granted the salvation.
And, if we continued on sleep when sermon, talk when sermon, sit outside the church when service ongoing, hold our tithe or criticise other member, we definitely not enjoy the freedom yet.