A friend of mine is a huge movie buff. While he was in graduate school, he even wrote a movie critic’s column for a small newspaper. Today, I often see pictures of him and his family at a movie premiere. Many times, they walk the red carpet and have pictures made with the stars of the movie. Of course, they pay a high price for access to these exclusive events and these “important” people. Our relationship with God stands in stark contrast.
Rather than asking us to pay for access to him, God paid the price of our access. And not any price, but the highest price that could be paid – the blood of his divine son. “[Y]ou were ransomed … not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). Not only do we not wait in line hoping for access to God, but he invites us to come to him freely. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Again, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). We have an open invitation to spend time with the most important being in existence, at his cost. I hope we take full advantage.