Who doesn’t like to receive a free gift. Walking through a store offers are made to try a sample of new products on the market either by another human being or a machine dispensing the goods. The highlight of any shopping trip is to be offered something free. But in order to enjoy the free gift one must accept and receive the free gift from the hands of the one who is offering it or the vending machine making the gift accessible. Likewise, God offers each individual His free gift of salvation. He possesses it; it is not yours until you receive it.
In Ephesians 2:8-9 God clearly states His salvation is free, “it is the gift of God.” He tells us no amount of good behavior or good works can earn His gift; it is “not of yourselves… not of works, lest any man should boast.” It is “By grace are ye saved through faith… it is the gift of God.” His unmerited favor and peace with Him is freely offered, not anything we ourselves do to earn it. His gift of salvation is free to us but it cost Him His Son, coming to die for us in our place on the cross for the remission of sin. The Scriptures reveal in Hebrews 9:22 without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin for anyone.
God’s gift is offered to each and every one, has been paid for by the death of His One and Only Begotten Son who obtained victory over death by His Resurrection, and now awaits all those who will receive His free gift from His hands by calling “upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Romans 10:13). He will not force His gift upon anyone; each must willingly receive it and believe it, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Romans 10:10).
Just as any gift is not truly yours until you receive it and it is in your possession, receive God’s gift of salvation from Him this Christmas and He will give you abundantly more than you ever thought possible or imagined… including most importantly, Eternal Life with Him in Heaven (John 3:16; Ephesians 3:20).