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.