March 18

Isaiah 55:1-5

“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” vs. 1

The prophet’s words are bold, robust, and invitational. As we read his words our imaginations conjure up a marketplace full of smiling faces, a place where visitors are treated as guests rather than customers, a place of extravagant generosity. As we read on we discover the prophet is offering food for the soul and not for the stomach. His point is plain: the struggle for economic gain and material abundance is only a distraction from what really matters! What counts in kingdom living is feasting on the unconditional love of God and drinking deeply from the fountain of eternal life! Of course there are few in our time who can be lured by such a message. Many feign an interest in the spiritual life and even call themselves seekers, but what turns their crank is wealth and all its trappings. They love their luxury homes and access to gourmet foods and it’s to that lifestyle that they devote their time and energy…even when they know in their hearts that ultimately they will not be satisfied. But some do get it! They know that the best things in life are free and they enjoy them to the fullest. They revel in the experiences of the moment and gladly share their blessings…and theirs is the kingdom of heaven!

Thought for the Day: What turns my crank?

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