Gifts are Meant to be Free

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Last year we decided to exchange gifts to celebrate love. Each member of the family was to use whatever amount of money they had to buy a gift for everyone else. My daughter felt shortchanged because she had the least amount and had to guy something for us. One day she came to me and told me that she knew exactly what to buy for me but could not afford. I still don’t know how she made me go to the mall with her, walk around tirelessly but my own gift with my own money and did not realized it until the night when we were exchanging the gifts. I felt fooled. Gifts are meant to be free, why did I work so hard for mine.

This morning I remembered this as I thought about God’s grace: His unmerited favour. As much as I know that gifts are supposed to be free, when the gift is too good, sometimes I tend to think twice, I keep wondering why it is too good to be true. We are so used to working our way around things; sometimes we find ourselves working so hard for things that we already have. At times we join ministries to ‘work’ for our salvation, yet the free gift of salvation is meant to cause us to serve God in the ministries and spread the Gospel of Christ.

Ephesians 2:8 reminds us of this great truth ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” The way we understand God’s grace will affect how we see ourselves, how we see people around us and the motive behind all our actions. Understanding that God loved us while we were still sinners and gave His only son to pay the ultimate price for us should cause us to stop running around, using all our time and our own money to get something that has already been given to us freely. When a gift is handed to you, you do not need to work for it, it is already yours. When you work so hard for it, it may not be a gift after all, like in my case, I just felt like I bought myself expensive chocolate.

Have you accepted the gift of God? He has made it clear that He loves you that much. All you need to do is accept the gift and you will be saved from eternal wrath. This gift also assures us of constant love and care by our father. Once we are saved, we do not need to work for the gift, it does not make sense, God loved us first, we don’t need to pay for the love, we don’t need to run around trying to win his grace over.

You may have been running around, trying to make God love you more. Maybe the reason you are a church worker is not because you are serving God, but because you are bribing God. It is too good and it is true. Don’t think twice, the creator of the heavens and the earth loves you unconditionally, He says if you believe in Him you will not perish. Even when you slip and fall, He does not withdraw His love, instead He calls you to a place of repentance, because nothing can separate us from His love. Today be reminded that the gift is yours, and it is free. Stop trying to pay for something that Jesus already paid for in full.


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