Walking the line between nerd and cool.

A Free Gift

One of several start pages in my browser is espn.com.  I typically spend about 2 minutes scanning the front page for any stories of note.  This title caught my eye just now: UW alum pledged $100K if Willingham were fired.

Intrigued, I clicked through to see what was up.  If I’m being honest, it actually sounds like a rich person trying to get their way, perhaps even being a bit childish.  My favorite quote:

If someone is willing to make a gift of money for a charitable purpose, they are entitled to put conditions on it.

Well…. No.  If you are putting conditions on it, it’s not really a gift.  It’s a transaction.

The Bible talks about a free gift, namely our salvation:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

It wasn’t a transaction.  God didn’t say, “I’ll save you, but first I’m going to need you to get rid of all the bad stuff in your life.”  Rather, we are saved not on account of anything we do, but on account of God’s grace in giving the gift.

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2 responses

  1. Karen Cassidy

    I struggled a long time with this notion of grace – free gifts I don’t deserve. The cool thing that while salvation is the greatest gift, ALL of God’s gifts are free for us- His grace offers us peace, joy, love, healing, comfort, companionship, strength, daily needs, etc. etc. etc.More than we could ever ask or imagine! God doesn’t wait until we are “good enough” to deserve these things. He opens his hand of grace and gives them to all believers. WAY COOL.

    January 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm

  2. I still struggle with the concept of “free gift” sometime. We’re so cultured to believe we have to do something. You’re right, also, that all those others gifts are ours in Christ also. A wonderful thing!

    January 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm

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