The old man trembled as he caressed the
box. It wasn't just a box. The old man spent nearly a year crafting it. He had
worked hard, giving his own blood, sweat, and tears to create the beautiful box,
hand crafted from the finest wood.
His friend, the young man down the
road, was an avid coin collector, and the box was designed to display his coins
in a beautiful fashion.
When the young man came to the door, the old man smiled and handed him the box.
The old man had not felt such emotion in many years. He was so pleased with the
box, and to give it as a gift to someone he loved so very much, that even his
toes tickled with joy.
The young man was indeed surprised. He
immediately recognized the value, the tremendous price it must have cost, and
the extreme effort to provide such a wonderful gift.
"This is absolutely beautiful," the
young man exclaimed, "Exactly what I need, more than anything in the world."
"It's my special gift to you," the old
"Well, that's fine," the young man
replied, "I must pay you for this. Here's some money, and I'll mow your grass
every week. I'll paint your house and I'll do all kinds of things for you...
"No, no," the old man cried, tears
filling his eyes as he began to back away. "i don't want your money, and I don't
want you to do all those things for me. The box is a free gift. I just want you
to be my friend."
We likely are saying, 'How terrible. Can't the young man see that he insulted
the old man?' And yet, that is exactly what many of us do with God.
Our wonderful God and Lord, by His
blood, sweat, and tears crafted the free gift of eternal life for all of us;
exactly what we needed more than anything else in the world. This gift by His
Son is the supreme expression of His love for us.
The Watchtower admits that eternal life
is a free gift, but then they say, "Yet, it does require effort on our part."
(2-1-96 Watchtower, pg.7) They next outline all the supposed "requirements" we
must meet and "works" we must do to "earn" that gift. They insult the living
God. They detract from His free gift of love, implying that He requires
something from us.
Salvation is 100% of God. All the praise and glory go to our God and Lord who
provides for us and graciously bestows upon us the free gift of eternal life.
All He desires is to be our friend and have a relationship with us.
The "works" we do are a result of the
faith given us by God. God planned them in advance and He accomplishes them
through us. (EPA. 2:10) There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve the free
Romans 3:23,26, says, "For all have sinned... and it is a free gift that they
are being declared righteous by His grace, through the release by the ransom by
Romans 11:6 says, "Now if it is by
grace, it is no longer due to works, otherwise, the grace no longer proves to be
Let us never "outrage the spirit of
grace," but accept with thanksgiving the free gift by drawing close to our God
and Lord. (Heb.10:29)
Religion has us working for what we already have, trying to become who and what
we already are, by doing what has already been done!
Story from the March 2003 Revealer reproduced with
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