God’s blessings are not cheap, but they are always free. We can never earn them, and we could never buy them. We are not good enough to merit, or rich enough to purchase them. The only way, therefore, to receive things we can never earn or buy is to receive them freely.
That’s the lesson the Parable of the Prodigal Son intends to teach. The younger son left home and squandered his life. He did everything wrong. But the very day he realized his need for his father’s love, and returned with humility to his father’s house, he was celebrated. Freely, and with no strings attached, his father blessed him with everything he needed and more.
His elder son could not understand such generosity. He became irate. “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. (Luke 15:29-31 NKJV)
Imagine that! All these years the elder son had been trying to earn what his father had already given to him freely.
Are you trying to earn God’s blessings? Then you are making the mistake of this elder son and you will end up being as frustrated as He was because God ‘s blessings can not be earned or bought. They are always free.“Freely you receive, freely give!” There’s only one way to receive from God, and that’s to do so freely.