8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
How do you give a gift back?
One of the greatest Christmas gifts I’ve ever received was a all expenses paid cruise with my wife. That was amazing! Sure there are gifts that people give you and you don’t really care about it or you think “That’s nice but I didn’t want that”.
That isn’t the kind of gift that the scripture speaks of here.
Have you ever wanted something so bad you couldn’t stand it?
Maybe a relationship?
Maybe a home or a car?
Maybe forgiveness or second chance at life?
That is the kind of gift God has offered by the birth, life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The gift is forgiveness for not being perfect and welcomed into the family of God.
God has given it to humanity in this way so that we can’t say that we’ve been able to achieve forgiveness or a second chance with God on our own merit. We can’t earn those things. I have to say this gift is better than a cruise.
I mean even if you wanted to give it back and you tried. It’s still a gift isn’t it?
This gift is available to anyone who would say… Thank you God, I’ll accept it and trust in Jesus.