posted Mar 9, 2018, 6:09 AM by Dale Barnes

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Ro.6:23 NKJV)

My wife went to a Vacation Bible School when she was 12 years old. It was led by a couple who presented the good news of Jesus in a wonderful way. They brought a nice size box and sat it before the class. It was covered in pretty wrapping paper with a colorful ribbon on top.  They told the young people what Christ had done for them and shared with them that God was offering eternal life as a free gift. All the young people needed to do was come and accept it.

This young 12 year old girl was moved by the offer and wanted to go forward and accept it. But she was intimidated by the older teens that were present. She thought they would make fun of her. She hesitated, but then she stepped out and went forward to receive the gift of God.  Her life took a turn and she became a follower of Christ. Forgiven with a new life!

All kinds of things can intimidate us. What will our friends think?  How much do I have to give up?  God is offering eternal life to all who will come; it is a gift. You cannot buy it. It is so wonderful that it could only be given. Our sins are forgiven, we receive a new life, the very life of God. Born again!  Then God will lead us into his purposes for our lives   

Is there anything that is intimidating you; anything keeping you from receiving God’s free gift?  Is there anything holding you back from wholly trusting and following Christ as your Lord? There is still time now. Start the year with Jesus as your saviour and Lord.

It is God’s free gift. Take it and follow him!