This sign is outside of Lighthouse Church in Grand Haven, MI.
How many times have you received notices in the mail informing you you’ve won a free cruise or trip? You just need to call the phone number provided. The trips are never really free. They usually want you to listen to their presentation and then pressure you to buy a time-share or something else.
There is one trip that is free. You don’t have to buy anything. You don’t have to earn it. No contest to enter and hope you’ll win.
It’s the trip you can take at the end of your life to heaven. The only obligation on your part is to open your heart to Jesus.
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
All we need to do is have faith in Jesus Christ and a place will be waiting for us in heaven, free of charge.
What better time, than when the New Year is approaching, to turn to Jesus. It’s time to let Him in. It’s time to share His inheritance of eternal life. The trip is free. Don’t pass up this opportunity.
There are shops like this all over. You can bring things you do not want anymore and if the shop owner thinks he can sell them he’ll buy them from you. In some cases you can trade what you have for something you need. We go to flea markets and garage sales and negotiate prices on things we’d like to buy.
There is one thing we all need and should desparately want, but it’s not for sale. That is God’s grace.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We can not buy grace with money. We can not trade for it. We can not earn it through being a good person. So how do we get it?
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24)
“He (Christ Himself) bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” (I Peter 2:24)
God is waiting and willing to give you His gift of grace. Are you ready to accept Jesus as your Savior? Do you believe He paid the price for your sins? If so, open your hands wide and receive the free gift of God’s grace. It is not for sale.
We give and get gifts all the time; bridal/baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s/Father’s Day, anniversaries. It is fun getting gifts. It is fun shopping for gifts. However, these gifts eventually fade away. There is one gift we can receive which never fades away. That is the gift God gave us through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus took on the punishment we all deserve for our sins – death. He willingly died a horrible death so we won’t have to face God’s wrath on Judgement Day. Through the death followed by the glorious resurrection of Jesus God gave us the best gift of all. What is that gift? Grace and eternal life with Him. There is no better gift anyone could give. As we are in the season of Lent take time to focus on what Jesus did for you and the everlasting gift which was given to you. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior now is a great time to make that choice.