A few weeks ago I offered a free book giveaway here on the blog. I had 10 books to give, totally free, wouldn’t have cost the recipients anything, it was just me giving a gift. Since I only had 10 books, I could only offer my gift to 10 people.
Of the 10 who got chosen at random, only 3 responded. I was offering a free gift to all 10, but only 3 accepted it.
Still left with 7 copies, I again drew 7 names and offered them the same free gift. Of those 7, only 4 responded. Again, I was left with 3 gifts unclaimed.
Though my gifts hardly compare to the free gift of Christ’s righteousness, the principle remains the same.
Did God offer the gift to all men? Yes.
Have all men accepted this amazing gift? I fear not.
Does God force his gift on those who do not accept it? No.
Jesus stands at the door and knocks. If we open, he comes in. He doesn’t kick the door down and force himself into relationship with people.
At the cross, God extended this free gift to all men. This gift is more than a mere commodity one can have. This gift is a living relationship with the Trinity through Jesus. If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, you don’t have the free gift.
Yours in Grace,