I saw an article on an online news site stating that turkeys are scarce this year. Last evening, while looking through the grocery ads, I noticed that turkeys are much more expensive this season. That’s a fundamental principle of economics. When supplies are scarce, and demand is high (Thanksgiving is but a week away) the price goes up. Let’s see if economic theory applies to the kingdom of God. The gift of God’s grace, forgiveness and eternal life through the work of Christ and received by faith, has a limitless supply. The demand, especially in this part of the country, appears to be very low. Most people just aren’t interested in what God has to give, or think that they can grow a harvest of righteousness that God will accept on their own. These two factors would drive the price down. After all, it is God’s free gift of grace. But the economy of the Lord is much more complex than that of the world. You see this gift cost Christ (very God himself) everything, including his life. And while the gift comes to us free, there is nothing that we can do to earn it, it also carries a great cost to us. Bonhoeffer states this economic truth very well. “When Christ calls a man, He bids him to come and die.” (From The Cost of Discipleship) That means we then die to the world and all of its ways, sacrificing ourselves to worldly, sinful, behavior and desires. We leave it all behind and become slaves to Christ and his righteousness. The Apostle Paul puts it this way. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Christians die to sin and rise anew in Christ. We die to the ways of the world, give up our worldly demands, lusts and passions and Christ becomes our passion. We must be changed! As the Spirit of God lives in us we necessarily will bear fruit; “love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatian 5:22-23) As Christ brings us into his everlasting family we can turn from being worldly turkeys to eternal eagles who soar above the foolishness and filth of the sinful world.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009