Saturdays have always been one of my (and my hubby’s) busiest days. We’re usually occupied with various church activities. And last Saturday was not an exception.In fact our day started as early as 5am since we were invited to attend a blessing of a fowl farm some 70 kms. Together with my hubby, we were joined by two other church mates. The event went well. However the travel, to and from, had worn us out. So when we reached the city, my hubby invited our friends for a coffee and a short break at a customer lounge in one of the malls.
It was a coffee break at its best. A nerve-soothing aroma of cappuccino, cozy ambience and bosanova music that filled the air, what more can one ask for?
One of our churchmates, expressed her delight over the cappuccino. As she was about to finish her cup, she took her wallet and with a smile she whispered to me, ‘this is my treat.’ As I assured her, ‘No worries Ate, the cappuccino is free.’ At first she did not accept my explanation and insisted on paying. She’s probably not aware, so I explained to her that we’re a Prestige card holder and one of the perks is being able to stay at the customer lounge and have coffee for free.
It took her awhile but in the end she accepted it with awe, ‘Wow, that’s so amazing. You mean when you have this card, you can come to this customer lounge and have a drink of your choice for free. What a perk!’ ‘Yup’, I told her and explained further, ‘it’s free and you get to enjoy various freebies and perks. The card is an upgrade from the basic loyalty card when you reach certain number of points.’
Much like the saving grace of God. No matter how God assures us that He offers salvation for free, most, especially when filled with so much guilt, find it hard to believe or unbelievable that we can be saved for free. Romans 10:13 affirms that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This means everyone, regardless of color, race, status or gender, is offered salvation by the Lord.
Being saved by the grace of God allows us to enjoy a number of perks. To name a few, we are united to Christ, adopted to God’s family, reconciled to God, no long under wrath, assured a place in Heaven and a lot more perks.
All these and more can be ours when we accept that ‘we have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.’ (Romans 3:23) Then acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior, just as God assures, ‘I have loved the world so much that I have given my Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)
So when in doubt, remember Romans 10:13, humbly accept Romans 3:23 and claim in your heart John 3:16.