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cropped-rose-4.gifJohn 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”

Isaiah says God is “mighty to save” (Isaiah 63:1). That’s a good thing because some of us are harder to save than others. Do you know who the hardest people are to save? Not thieves, nor adulterers, not murderers, nor homosexuals, not even blasphemers. The hardest people to save for God are the good people who are so self-righteous they will not confess themselves to be sinners in need of a Savior (Matthew 9:13).

My beloved, we’re all sinners because we’re all born with a sin nature. The Bible says it, and experience most certainly confirms it. Everyone is a sinner, but some sins are worse than others. The sins of the flesh are bad … murder, adultery, theft. However, the sins of the spirit are worse … hate, lust, envy, pride, jealousy, revenge. Jesus said to the self-righteous Pharisees who were guilty of the sins of the spirit: “Prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). My brethren, those are strong and powerful words, but oh so true.

C. S. Lewis put it this way, “A self-righteous person who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.” My friend, salvation isn’t something we can buy. It can be obtained only if we accept it as a free gift from God. I saw an illustration of what it means to receive freely while visiting a friend in southern New York some time ago.

As my friend showed me around the delightful village where he lived, I was impressed by the well-maintained streets and houses. When we turned one corner, I caught a glimpse of a brightly painted wheelbarrow placed near the sidewalk of a house that was filled with a variety of fresh garden vegetables. There was a sign in bold letters attached to the wheelbarrow that read “Please Help Yourself”. There it was; free food and all we had to do was take it.

Doesn’t that illustration sound a little like the prophet’s invitation recorded in Isaiah 55:1, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”?  If you think about it, our Lord issued a similar call in John 7:37, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” It wasn’t a sale pitch He was offering. It was a free offer. But how can salvation be free? It’s free to us because Someone else (Jesus Christ) has already paid the price.

Closing thoughts:

God doesn’t owe us anything. He is always our creditor, never our debtor. All sin has its consequences and in the words of the apostle Paul, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). There is nothing quite like a free gift. Just the thought of someone caring enough about you to purchase something for you, to give to you, and all you have to do is take it from them. In our lives, we have set aside certain days of the year to give gifts to others. Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, birthdays, and the list goes on and on. Please consider this analogy.

An elderly man in the hospital told a visitor, “When I became very ill and was taken to the emergency room, a physician I had never seen before examined me. I could tell that he really knew his business. I had so much confidence in him that I said, ‘I want you to be my doctor.’” My brethren, that’s how we receive salvation. When we hear the gospel message and are introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ, we must say, “I want You to be my Savior!” Thankfully, God has set aside every day to give His free gift away to anyone who will ask Him for it, and it’s the best gift you could ever imagine receiving! It is called “salvation” and it last for eternity!

Ephesians 2:8-9 puts it this way, “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”. If you’re reading this – the question I must ask would be; have you received God’s free gift of Salvation, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ?

Salvation is a gift of God,
Not something earned or won;
He freely gives eternal life
To all who trust His Son. – Sper

You can have tons of religion without an ounce of salvation.