If someone, you didn’t really know said, “there’s just something I like about you.” They then proceeded to pay all your student loans, car note, and mortgage. We may respond by asking if there’s anything we could do for them as a token of our appreciation. The person only says, freely receive my gift to you. By the person declining any labor intensive offer from us should compel most of us to ask if there’s anything we could do again. 

This is what Jesus did for us. He paid ALL of our debts and He didn’t require any labor intensive chore from us. All He asks is that we believe that He paid all of our debts and receive the gifts He’s made available to us through His sacrifice. 

Some may say, “doesn’t God require obedience, tithing, prayer, and church attendance?” The answer to that question is no. If He required service for salvation that wouldn’t be considered The FREE gift of grace. God’s freely given goodness and grace should eventually compel us to obey, tithe, pray and attend church, but just know, it’s not a requirement for salvation. 

Thank God for His goodness and mercy He’s shown through Jesus. It can compel anyone to do better. 

Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not byworks, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.