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For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23 (NLT)

March 28, 2023

Wage vs. Gift

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23 (NLT)

Getting our first paycheck is always exciting, until we see how much they take out in taxes. Earning our own money, as teenagers, teaches us the value of a dollar and helps us to develop a strong work ethic. But what if our employer told us that he wanted to give us a gift, and then he just handed us our paycheck. Wouldn’t we ask, “Where’s the gift? This is just the money I earned.” Wages are payments we receive in exchange for acts that we’ve performed. A gift, on the other hand, is something we didn’t work for or earn. It is dependent upon the giver’s generosity. 

The wage we earn for living life apart from God is eternal death. But the gift of God, when we repent and accept Him as Lord of our lives, is eternal life. We still deserve punishment for our sins, but the blood of Jesus cancels out our debt and gives us the gift of forgiveness. We can’t earn this gift, yet it’s freely given to everyone who believes and receives it. What are you waiting for? Will you accept the gift?  

prayer focuses

Father, thank You for giving me the gift of eternal life.

Lord, help me to work for Your kingdom, rather than my selfish desires.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.