Written By: Kaycee Simpson
When I was about seven or eight, my dad took my brother and me into the local CVS. My dad grabbed what he needed and we followed him to the cash register. Upon checking out, I saw a bin labelled “free.” Curiosity was starting to kill the cat, so I walked up to the basket. I peeked in to see stacks of marshmallow Peeps waiting to be taken.
“Take them,” my dad said like it was no big deal. My eyes grew wide. “Is it really free?” Even as a child, I knew that nothing was ever free. You had to work for your money and money bought stuff. And, I was not about to go to jail for accidentally taking something that was accidentally marked free. Even as a kid, I was quite the skeptic. The store manager who happened to walk by overheard us and laughed. “They’re really free,” the store manager said. She took out two boxes of Peeps and handed one to me and one to my brother. “You can have more if you’d like.” My brother and I looked at our dad and he nodded. We dove in and if my memory serves me correctly, we walked out with quite a few boxes of Peeps.
I remembered this funny memory on my way to work last week and later that same day, a friend reminded me that it was the Holy Week. What is Easter all about? It’s about God’s free gift to us. We just have to accept the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many times, some feel that they have to work for God’s love and to work their way into heaven. It’s easy to be skeptical and say, “This sounds way too good to be true. There’s got to be a catch.” But there isn’t. Friend, God’s gift to you, His Son, Jesus Christ, is free. It’s really free! Trust in Him and accept God’s gift; it’s that simple. Just like the free Peeps in the bin at CVS.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9