Gift of Eternal Life

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Have you accepted Jesus’ free gift of eternal life, or are you still living as though you’re trying to earn His love?

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, NIV

My teenage daughter is a hard worker and a born saver. She works a part-time job and babysits, and socks away her wages in the bank. She loves watching her little nest egg grow. She’s using her earnings to help pay for a trip this summer to Spain with her high school foreign-exchange club.

My dad, also a saver, told her that when she’d saved a certain amount, he’d give her a “bonus check” as an incentive to continue saving. She was even more motivated to not fritter the money away at the mall. She kept saving until she reached the goal, and was excited when her grandfather sent her the promised bonus.

Wages don’t magically appear in your bank account—you have to earn them. And while my dad’s generous bonus was a gift, my daughter had to earn it by saving up to meet a goal. It was a conditional gift.

Eternal life, on the other hand, is a free gift, utterly and completely. It is pure grace. Earning it is impossible.

What we earn by our sin is death. Not just someday—living a life focused on self-indulgence may feel like freedom, but it’s actually a kind of death, right now. Staying stuck in sin is not really living.

But we have a choice—to stay miserable, or accept the free gift of God’s grace and find life. We cannot earn it, and we don’t have to clean up our act to be good enough to receive it. We have to let go of our sin, admit we’re a mess and in need of rescue.

FAITH STEP: Have you accepted Jesus’ free gift of eternal life? Even if you’ve prayed to accept Him, are you living in the freedom of that gift, or are you still living as though you’re trying to earn His love? Today, open your hands and heart, and remember that His grace is abundant, sufficient and new every morning.

Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent

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