Who Wants a Free Gift?
by Ryan Duncan
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
“Who wants a free gift?” I don’t know about you, but that’s a statement that often gives me pause. The reason why is because almost every day I’m bombarded with offers to receive a “free gift” that isn’t really free. You probably know what I’m talking about. Credit card companies offer me “free rewards” if I spend more that eighteen thousand dollars with one of their cards. Airlines say they’ll give me “free miles” if I book a trip to China right now, and then there are those pesky infomercials that offer me “free” steak knives if I buy their grease cooker for only $19.99!
As a Christian living in a world where there’s no such thing as a free lunch, it’s sometimes hard to understand the meaning of grace, and even harder to teach it to others. So when my father was asked to teach a group of middle school students about grace, I admit I had no idea how he was going to pull it off. But my father is a pretty shrewd guy (you’re welcome Dad), and as soon as he got the lesson he went out, bought a Hershey bar the size of a laptop computer and covered it in wrapping paper. On Sunday morning he walked to the front of the room, held up the present, a said “Who wants a free gift?” No one moved.
Finally, one brave kid got up and ran forward to take the present from my father’s hand. It’s that simple. Every day God calls to us, offering the free gift of his grace, and all we need to do is accept it. Grace doesn’t require a down payment, it doesn’t ask you to do something first, and it’s never a bonus for something you’ve already accomplished. Grace is a gift, the only thing in this world that is truly free.
Intersecting Faith and Life: Do you want to receive a free gift? Take a moment during your day to reconnect with Christ.
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