'Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there."' – DEUTERONOMY 1:28
A salesman in my college dorm offered three-piece seersucker suits for $20. I wore my new seersucker to a football game. I felt sporty as I sat with my buddy and our dates in the unroofed stadium. Then it began to rain. People darted for cover, but I persuaded my friends to stay. Soon it would stop, I argued. But the rain didn’t stop.
By the middle of the fourth quarter, I was wearing a short-sleeved coat and my pant-cuffs were somewhere between my ankles and knees! Cheap suits shrink in the storm and so do cheap hearts. “Melt,” say the Hebrew scholars, can also mean “dissolve.” That’s what my suit did that day, and that’s what happens to hearts that cling to cheap salvation.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyred by the Nazis, reminded us that grace isn’t cheap. It was bought by the Blood of Christ. But it doesn’t shrink in the storm. And it’s not for sale. It’s a gift. Take it!
Don’t settle for cheap salvation that offers no cross, no pain, and does not call for repentance because it will shrink in the storm.