Freely Given (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
Reflections on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
“Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), declares the Psalmist. The Christian’s life is a rhythm of receiving, believing, and seeing. We receive the grace offered in God’s good news. We believe that it is for us. We see that it transforms us. Unfortunately, the grace moving through this process is often stopped at the gate to our inner lives.
In Christ’s visible church, many of us have heard the same gospel, plunged beneath the same baptismal waters, and eaten from the Lord’s Supper. Though we have outwardly participated in the means of grace, not all of us have let God’s grace pass into our hearts.
We have heard the preaching of God’s good news, that Christ came to save sinners. But did we let the Spirit birth saving faith in us?
We have let our bodies sink under baptism’s waters, a symbol of our sins being washed away. But did we truly rise from that tub to the new life of the resurrection?
We have eaten the bread and drunk the wine of communion, but have we truly united our lives with Christ?
Daily, we hear but do not listen, die but do not live, and taste but do not see.
The Lord, however, is good and freely offers himself to all who come. “Come,” he implores, “all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:10). The words of the gospel, the waters of baptism, the bread of communion, these symbols are an invitation to a deeper reality, a fuller life. They are the food laid at God’s feast.
We come to this table, not as satisfied monarchs, but as starving beggars. Let us open our clenched fists of self-satisfaction and receive God with open hands. Believe the good news he speaks. Let him raise you from your sins. Receive into your heart the unending flow of his life. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Footsteps—putting feet on our faith
1. Why do we need God’s grace every day?
2. What keeps you from receiving it today?
Dear God, you never stop speaking your love to me. Day after day you remind me that though I was lost in my sins, Christ died for me, rose for me, and lives to make me righteous. All this is a gift you freely offer. Help me today to receive it with joy. I have no money to pay in return, no good deed to merit this reward. It is your goodness given without charge. To me. Help me to accept and be changed. By Christ I pray, amen.