To seek to earn, merit, or purchase salvation is to insult the Giver.
|President Obama speaks at National Prayer Breakfast in 2009|
Imagine yourself invited to a banquet in the White House by the president of the United States.
You are seated at a table that is filled with the choice foods. Every effort is made to give you a most enjoyable evening. At the end of a lovely visit, the president stands at the door to bid you good-bye.
What do you do?
As you leave do you press a dime into his hand and say, “Thank you very much for your kindness. I realize it has cost you a lot of money, and I want to help you pay for the meal.”
Is that the proper response to his kindness?
On the contrary, it would be a very rude and insulting gesture.
So it would be with God’s grace.
(William MacDonald, The Grace of God - Swindoll’s Book of Illustrations, p. 250.)