Yesterday, our workplace set up a table at a local expo. We had some simple things to give away. One of my co-workers manned the table for most of the event, but I went to relieve him for the last hour. Hundreds of people came through, but the funniest part about it was that they were taking hands full of the free stuff. It was just candy and magnets, but some of them loaded up. I can’t imagine what someone would do with a bunch of the calendar magnets, but it was a great representation of the mentality of the day – if someone is giving some away, milk them dry because it’s free.
The truth is that nothing is free. It may be free to you, but it cost someone else. That is the way it is with the salvation of the soul. It cost Jesus His life, but it is freely available to you. Sadly, many trample over God’s Grace because they think this free offer of salvation permits them to live like hell until they get to Heaven. Salvation actually empowers you to live the holy life to which you have been called. I am not talking about sinless perfection, but you should want to live to please the One who gave His life for you.
The next time you have an option to receive something for free, remember that it cost someone else something. Be thankful and give back if you can. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”