24 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Though you don’t pay for a gift, somebody paid for it. Even if the gift is a basket of oranges from an orange tree, somebody climbed the tree to pluck it, and somebody else dug the ground many years ago and planted the tree. For every gift you have received, somebody paid the price.
Sometimes you give a gift to someone and the person asks you how much you bought it. I used to do that a lot with my husband. In the past, when my husband bought me something, I would ask why he spent so much money, because we didn’t budget for it. He never would tell me. He learnt not to tell me because if he told me, he might have had to return it! Thank God, I started renewing my mind and I do not do that anymore. If my husband went out of his way and bought it, I will wear it. In the same way, God has given me His grace as a gift, so I will gladly take it and walk in the fullness of it!
If you realize that somebody paid for the gift you are given, you won’t toy with it. Many times when my husband buys me something expensive, even though he does not tell me how much he bought it, by looking at it I can estimate the cost. Then if I have to give it out, I do so with much love and sensitivity to the leading of God’s Spirit, because it is precious to me.
Before somebody gives you a gift, chances are very high that they have figured out that you either need it, or it is something you can use. Sometimes you may receive gifts that you can’t use directly; nevertheless, you can sow it as a seed to someone else. God gave you His grace, because He knew you needed it. He knew you couldn’t do without it. He knew you had use for it.
Confession: God has given me His grace and so I take it! I certainly have need for His grace and will use all it has made available to me.