My Boss carried a basket of candy toward me. “You get one for doing a good deed.” She wanted me to know that I had earned a piece of candy. She encouraged me to take a piece of my choosing.
Meanwhile my coworkers wandered up and a few asked for a piece of candy too. She grinned, nodded, and said something about me taking two pieces then. I turned around to continue with my work and another coworker wandered up the hallway.
My Boss held out the candy basket toward her.
“Do you want a piece of candy?”
The coworker paused at the basket and moved her fingers over the candies.
“How much?” She said. My boss looked a tad puzzled and responded, “One.”
My coworker clearly meant something else, “No How much? Like how much does it cost?”
My Boss laughed, “Ooh nothing!! They’re free!”
Immediately I thought about that basket of candy was a representation of salvation. My coworker fully expected a dollar amount in relation to that candy but the candy wasn’t for sale. She couldn’t earn it, she couldn’t purchase it, she could only receive it and receive it she did.
Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.