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Free Pearls, Few Takers

By: Bodé Adeboyejo

In a country where nothing is free, one has a reason to doubt the genuineness of an offer for a free pair of earrings. So was I, when I got an unsolicited offer in the mail from a national jeweler to come get a pair of pearl earrings – free!

At first, I was kind of surprised by the postcard; wondering why it was addressed to me and not my wife. Especially, since the offer was a pair of earrings. I wondered if they thought that I wore earrings. Don’t laugh!

Anyway, once I got over my initial shock, I decided to take them up on the offer. Just to see what they were up to. So, I handed the postcard to my wife, jokingly telling her to go pick up her Christmas gift (the pearl earrings). And soon forgot about it.

Few days later, my wife jokingly thanked me for her pearl earrings! Huh? Then it came back to me! Oh, the free pearl earring offer was real after all. Needless to say, she had gone to claim the pearl earrings! She then told me about her encounter at the store.

By the way, she said that she got to the store on the last day of the offer!

She said that when she got to the store, she told the manager why she was there, and went on to ask, "What’s the catch?" The manager jokingly played along, and told her that she needed to purchase about $10,000 worth of jewelry to get a free pair of pearl earrings. To which she replied, "See, I knew there was something to the free offer."

But it was what the manager said next that got my attention. The manager told her that the offer was for skeptics like her. He said that over a million of such offers were sent in the mail, but that only few people had come by to claim the offer!

Who knows? You might have received such an offer too but did nothing with it.

At first when my wife told me that, I didn’t think much of what the guy said until later. Then it dawned on me that the jeweler’s offer is similar to God’s offer of eternal life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -- John 3:16

Like the jeweler, over two thousand years ago, God sent out free offers of eternal life through Jesus Christ. But unlike the jeweler, God sent His free offer to everybody not just some select few. But so far, only a few people have taken Him up on the offer. Some are skeptical, wondering if there are any strings attached or if there’s a catch. On the other hand, many are just too busy to claim the offer.

Now, even though my wife got the pearl earrings for free, it wasn’t free to the jeweler. The jeweler paid something for the earrings, however little. Likewise, even though salvation is God’s free gift to mankind, it is not free to God. It cost Him something. It cost Him a great deal – the life of His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ.

Still, more than two thousand years later, God is still offering His free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Like the jeweler, there are no strings attached, no gimmicks, and no catch.

And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." --Revelation 22:17

All you have to do is be a ‘whoever’ or a ‘whosoever’ to take the water of life freely.

You ought to at least take Him up on the Offer – while the Offer lasts!



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