Thursday, August 10, 2017

IT'S FREE--REALLY!

Recently my neighbor and I were discussing some services I need performed.  She told me about this organization who will come to your house and perform these services for free--absolutely no cost to you.  Pardon my skepticism but in today's world I find it difficult to believe anything is free!  There is always some price tag attached to everything.



As I thought this over, I remembered a recent conversation about services for the homeless.  The shelters in Fort Worth are run by faith based organizations.  They provide, showers, a couple of meals, and a safe bed for the night.  It seems to me asking that everyone attend a chapel service is not really a hardship.  No one asks you to walk the aisle, but in return for room and board you are expected to attend a 30 minute chapel service.  In my mind this is not really a price, but in another's mind it is 30 minutes of time given in payment for a place to stay and a full stomach.



Timeshare salespeople are notorious for offering "free stays" at resorts --all you have to do is attend their "information seminar" to hear about the resort and all the amenities.  A two night stay in a world class resort and all it has to offer is yours for the small price of 3 hours of your time and a high pressure sales spill.  Can I tell you how many clients I have had who regretted falling prey to the sales pitch and the hidden cost that often come with these programs?  It was NOT a free vacation after all!



And then there is the retail on line gimmick of "Free Shipping" enticing us to buy things we probably do not need.  We seldom consider the fact that if we are willing to dare the retail outlets, there is never a shipping charge.  We pay the price on the sales sticker and often that comes with a discount.  Shipping is NEVER charged.  Yet we think it is a great deal when they will forego charging us shipping on line--but instead it is free.  But is it??

Most things come with a cost--if not fiscal--then physical.  We normally must give something to get something in return.  It is the way of the world.

BUT---grace---it is truly free.




Salvation is a free gift which comes through faith that His grace is enough.  Ephesians 2:8  We only have to profess "We Believe" and it is ours for the taking.  Works are not expected, tithing is not required, and we could never be good enough.  It truly is free---really!


23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal;
 24 yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him
 if we trust in Jesus Christ, 
who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.
Romans 3:23-24

6 comments:

  1. Ah ... now this one is truly a great post, Lulu. Thanx.

    The word "free" is so freely used these days. Why, only the other day in the street someone approached me and asked "Sir, or Madam, do you believe in free speech?" I replied, "Yes! Of course!"

    "Good," he said, "can I borrow your cell phone to make a call?"

    Honestly, what a cheek. And why did he call me Madam?

    But to come to the point you are making. You say salvation is a free gift. The problem is that many people these days don't understand what salvation is and whether or why they need it. They seem happy enough living with eyes closed and sleep-walking their way into hell.

    God bless.

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    1. Yes, Victor, what cheek! The question which begs to be asked - is this all there is? somehow gets ignored by so many. I am so thankful there is more !
      Blessings!

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  2. Very good post and thought provoking. My prayers is that all will come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ....it truly is free.

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