The first time I read or became aware of God's free gift, I could not believe it. Actually most of what we have are free. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk on. Our life is a gift from God too.
Too often we live in a world where we have to pay for almost anything,like food , clothing, shelter, entertainment,drinks, education, services, health care, transportation, etc. We also have to work to earn money to pay for things we need or want.
Our mind and being are so used to paying or working for something that the word " free" is alien or foreign to our thoughts.
How about God, do we have to do something to earn His favor ? In other words , do we have to work for God's rewards ? Our immediate answer is yes. But do you know heaven is free ?
In the Bible,in the letter of Paul to the Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9.Paul wrote For it is by grace you have been saved*, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -not by works , so no one can boast.
Picture this in your mind God gave you a gift, a free gift, not a reward because a reward is something you work for. But then you may ask what do I do now ? again picture this. If one gave you a toy, a gift, a car, anything, do you destroy it or you take care of it ? In other words you and I treasures it.
What about the word "saved" which I marked with*. A simple comparison is being saved from drowning. But in our topic we mean being saved from punishment. Punishment ? punishment from our sins or violation of God's laws. Jesus said when we think bad thoughts even before we actually does them we already committed them. In this case then we are all guilty, and being guilty we deserve punishment.
But how are we saved from punishment ? The answer is Jesus paid it all, at the cross. Through faith in Jesus Christ we need not pay for our sins in heaven, but here on earth when we commit crime we need to pay for that.
Heaven as a free gift is hard to accept or believe. It took me six years to fully accept it but it is true ,it is free because of Jesus Christ, my Lord , my Savior.
I hope it will not take you six years to believe it because now is the accepted time , today is the day of salvation.
Pray to receive Jesus now in your private moment and God will show you more in the following days.