No Strings Attached

NO STRINGSThe word “gift” is a noun and is defined by Oxford dictionary as:

  1. A thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.
  2. To give something as a gift, especially formally or as a donation or bequest.

So based on the definition of a “gift” some may say that those who receive gifts do not have to pay for them, but is that true? Some pay with a quick “thank you” and do no receive any retaliation. The rest pay with retaliation for not saying “thank you.” Therefore, since payments are expected can we really say that a true gift was offered? It may sound silly thinking about it but consider working overtime at a lousy job trying to make enough money to buy that special someone and gift and they take it without any thought. That would make you upset, no? We would mark them, write them off and swear to never do it again. Our God is different.

There are no strings attached to a true gift.

Unlike many, God does not retaliate towards those who refuse His gift of salvation as it is always given. God provides a gift, His Son and all other things associated with Him in order to prevent us from suffering Satan’s fate. It is a gift provided for everyone to help us prevent suffering the final outcome of sin. It is a sacrificial gift.

When we take God’s gift of grace now there is too no resemblance to the gift of man. The term “gift” can be better understood when it is used in the following Scripture passage:

[8] “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

I am so thankful that God is not like man mentioned above who anxiously awaits a gift for the gift or is selective in their giving. Believers and unbelievers alike reduce God’s gift of grace to something that must be earned, this needs to be revisited. The belief is that works is required on our part to receive the gift of grace, however then it is no longer grace, but works.

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6).

With that, how dare we insinuate that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, is not enough for us to be saved, but that we must do something to earn it. In response to this gift, all God requires of man is that he/she put their faith (trust) in Jesus to save them and keep them. Unlike the boast that comes to many on Christmas morning when gifts are opened and we cop the newest shoes, accessory, gadget are given we are to respond differently in with God.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly according as God hath death to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

It is a gift from God. There are no strings attached. He will take you just like you are, as long as you come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. We again see that works never come into play until after we receive the gift, proving it is not vice versa. It is always afterwards. After we are born again, become a Christian that is when we put in work. However, we do not have to work in order to keep the gift, but we must make sure the gift is properly used upon receiving it.

Because He will take me as I am, no strings attached I am able to write boldly and use this gift to give glory to His great name for He is truly “the gift that keeps on giving.giving

 

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