Suppose you give me a gift. Let’s say you present me with a new tie. I take it out of the box, examine it and say thank you, and then reach for my wallet. “Now, how much do I owe you?” I ask.
You think I’m kidding. “It’s a gift,” you say, “you don’t need to pay me.”
“I understand,” I respond, but show I really don’t by asking, “Could I write you a check?”
In trying to buy your gift, I’ve degraded your grace. I’ve robbed you of the joy of giving. How often we rob God. Have you considered what an insult it is to God when we try to pay him for his goodness? Sly is the scheme of Satan! He causes us to question grace, to earn it. What is it God wants us to do? Just believe…believe the One he sent. And receive the gift he gives. “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:29.
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