“TAKE IT—IT’S FREE”
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
Most people are naturally suspicious of free giveaways in our world today, and understandably so. Oh yes, there are times you may walk into a supermarket and a company’s representative is busy preparing “bite-size” samples free to all who will receive them, but they are simply marketing a product for their company. The initial bite is free but the second, third, and fourth bites will cost you. The free things in life provided by man are with “strings attached” to be sure. It is no wonder that the general public is so cynical about things that are free. It even seems to overflow into the spiritual realm. Religious organizations are known for their “free food, free clothing” and even “free Bible study courses.” There are certain types of persons who will sign up for these provisions, but sadly, that is all they want, for they will not commit themselves to Christ, nor make themselves available for a single church service.
Many times I have personally witnessed to individuals, both men and women, in an attempt to win them to the Savior. I suppose I have heard every excuse imaginable for why an individual will not receive Christ as their Savior. I explain the sorrow of sin and the consequences it brings to the unrepentant heart. I show Scriptural proof of the love of Christ as He came and paid the ultimate penalty for our sin debt on the cross of Calvary. I then emphasize that salvation, i.e., “deliverance from the penalty of sin,” is an absolutely “free gift” by God’s grace to the sinner. Many persons will listen out of curiosity; some will be courteous as they listen; others will even act concerned; and some will truly come under Holy Spirit conviction, but the acid test is, “What will they do with the free gift of salvation?” It’s free! All a person needs to do is “Take it!” There are no strings attached, nothing to prove; no church to join—It has all been done for you. The gift is there for the taking and it is the greatest gift a person will ever receive—Salvation full and free; your guarantee of Heaven. Have you received the “Free Gift?”Pastor H. Preston Parker