It takes a lot of humility to accept a free gift. As a class of elementary children prepared for Christmas Break, the teacher surprised them by making a special offer. He pulled out a shiny silver pocket watch with a matching chain, walked over to the oldest student, and offered it to her.
The girl thought this was too good to be true. She giggled and shook her head in disbelief, because she had learned that nothing is free—not even lunch.
So the teacher went on to the next student. . . . Same result. Everyone refused the pocket watch, until it was offered to the smallest and youngest child in the classroom. The little boy had nothing to lose and everything to gain, so he took it. His teacher whispered, “Now be sure to wind it every night and take good care of it, okay.” The boy’s humble faith had been rewarded.
Many people carry preconceived ideas about God into their interpretation of His offer of salvation. Some think God doesn’t really mean it’s a free gift—it’s only free as long as you keep believing it. Others imagine that if you don’t take care of it like the watch, then you will lose it. There are even some who would pull out their wallets and ask how much they owe for the gift. Imagine applying these mental gymnastics to the gift exchange on Christmas Day.
If people didn’t let intellectualism get in the way, they would realize how simple the gospel is: “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Have you accepted this gift? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Put your trust in Christ today.
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You cannot expect anything from God unless you put yourself in the right place, that is, as a beggar at His footstool. Then will He hear you, and not until then. — C.H. Spurgeon
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.