Buy one, get one FREE. I didnâ€™t need the first one, but now I can get two!! My biggest temptation comes when the offer includes a teddy bear. I have so many teddy bears that many are still packed from our last move 3 years ago. I have no place for them. But they are teddy bears and many were offered as free with purchase or by signing up, or whatever â€œFREEâ€™â€ idea was popular at the time.
My yarn and pattern stash is the same way. I have 2 rooms full of yarn and notebooks filled with patterns. More than I will ever use, but gee, lots of them were free!
My favorite FREE offer comes from God. The gift of salvation. â€œYet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.â€ (John 1:12 NIV)
Godâ€™s FREE gift is offered to all. But not all will accept the gift. They will respond â€œI donâ€™t need thatâ€, â€œI can do this on my ownâ€ â€œI can get to heaven just being goodâ€. None of this is true. Nothing you can do on your own is good enough. We are all sinners. God is God. He is perfect. He cannot abide sin and the sinful nature. So He has offered a way, a gift, to allow us to spend eternity with Him. That gift is Jesus Christ, His only Son, whom He sent as a sacrifice for my sin and for yours. â€œFor 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.â€ (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)
But God will not force you to accept Him. You must invite Him in. Will you?