Saturday, March 25, 2017

Free or Not Free??

I painted this art work with pastel when my church had a fundraising auction to support our children's program. The title of the painting is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). 

J, a church member bought it donating money to the program. And guess what? She gave the painting back to me as a gift. So it is hanging on the wall of my office. 

Is this painting free or not free? I painted the piece so I could do whatever I wanted to do with it. BUT... not any more! 

This is given back to me as a gift. Any gift is free. I didn't pay a penny for it. However someone had to pay for it. J did it. She paid for it before she gave it to me. So it's not free any longer and I am going to cherish it not because I painted it but because it's a gift from J.  

"I no longer live but Christ lives in me..." The life I now live is freely given by God as a gift. But I know that someone had to pay for it and I am to live my life according to the value given when Christ died on the cross... 

누군가가 값을 지불했다. 그리고 나에게 선물로 주었다. 그래서 더 소중하다. 
이제는 내가 사는 것이 아니고 예수 그리스도가 사는 것이라는 바울의 고백처럼...  정말 소중하다.

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