Does everyone like to receive gifts?
This seems like a simple question and you might emphatically answer yes, everyone likes to receive gifts. Actually the gift of salvation for some is hard to receive. Many want to earn their salvation rather than receive the gift into their heart. The gift of forgiveness of sin and death is free for the receiving. The act of receiving this precious gift of love is hard for some to receive. They feel they do not deserve forgiveness. Their pride stops them from receiving. Their own self-righteousness stops many from receiving the gift. They think they have nothing to repent.Most would say they are good moral people and are going to heaven; they have lived a good life. Most want eternal life, however scripture tells us only a few truly receive the gift. For many it is a battle in the head; they want and desire to receive the gift of salvation in their thinking but never allow the heart to receive the gift. It is a little like sleeping in the garage does not make you a car.
Why is salvation a gift?
A gift is defined as something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation. A gift is a transfer of property with nothing given in return.
In Ephesians we read, “for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Isaiah says God is “mighty to save.” Some are harder to save than others. Do you know who the hardest cases are? It is not thieves, not adulterers, not murderers, not homosexuals, not even blasphemers; the hardest cases for God to save are the good people who are so self-righteous. They will not confess themselves to be sinners in need of a Savior.
If salvation wasn’t a gift to be received by all, then it could be earned through good works, right? You could ask the question, what do I need to do to get salvation? How much work do you need to do to receive salvation? Give me the exact work description. Do I need to feed the poor? Do I need to give a certain amount of money away? Do I need to go to church three times per week? If salvation is not a gift then it could be bought or purchased with money. What is the price? Salvation is a gift paid for through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God did pay a substantial price – to send HIS son to die on the cross for man’s sin. This is the ultimate sacrifice – to die for mankind that is in rebellion against the ways of God. The wages of sin is death, eternal separation from God for eternity. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Gifts that are not received and not opened have no value. You know if you have received the gift of salvation because your life becomes transformed. The old is gone and the new begins. The hunger and thirst for God’s Word grows.
Salvation is something you cannot do on your own. It is God’s form of justice to redeem all to Him through his sacrificial gift.
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