No Strings Attached

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave . . .”

God’s giving was not predicated on the world doing anything.  God’s giving was predicated only on His love for the world.  There were no requirements that we, the world, must do anything before He gave.  Jesus loved in the same way.  He came from Father’s love, and He loved without requiring anything.

What about we, the body of Christ, who have received His amazing gift?  Do we love the world in the same way – without requiring anything of them?  In our witnessing, in our various outreaches, do we require, or at least expect, something of them?  Of course not, we say!  But let’s dig a little deeper.

When we give food, blankets, money, clothing, etc., is it simply offered because of God’s love, or is it offered if . . .?  If they will sit through a presentation of the gospel message?  If they will pay for this “free gift” we offer with their time?  If they will sign up for future contact?  If they will do something for it?  That’s not free, nor is it freely giving.  When we give freely, we might ask if we can pray for them or tell them about Jesus, but we withhold none of His love if they aren’t interested – for He held nothing back.

God so loved us that He gave.  Period.  We didn’t earn it and never could.  He knew that, but He gave anyway, because so He loved us.  He gave even though He knew some would never be interested in receiving what He gave.  He gave anyway – because He so loved us all.

It’s time for the church (followers of Jesus Christ like you and me) to do the same with others.  Let’s begin to give with no strings attached of any sort!  Let’s see the effectiveness of God’s true gospel when we simply give because God so loves.  Period.  Let’s begin right now, this month, with all our Thanksgiving outreaches to help feed those in need.  Take the strings off and just bless the people because God loves them.  When the world is able to see Jesus in His body, His body (the church) will see greater harvest than we can imagine, though that is no longer our goal.

Our goal is to so love the world that we give as He gave – no strings attached.



Galatians 5:1 NIV  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Romans 8:21 NIV  . . . that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

What do we give to the people around us?  Only what we have received.  Have we received the freedom – the glorious freedom – described in these verses?  As believers in Christ, you might be quick to reply, “Of course!”  My observation and my own experience give a very different answer.  It has nothing to do with whether Jesus Christ has given us this glorious freedom, for He has, but whether we have received it in its entirety.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV  8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Oh, yes, we received the gift of eternal life, with the assurance of going to heaven.  This was by God’s grace in our hearts and faith to believe we couldn’t earn it no matter how much we tried.  Somewhere along the way, however, we missed the fullness of this Truth: this is also the only way we are to live our lives in Christ – by grace, through faith.  After salvation, we have worked very hard attempting to do enough or be good enough to deserve what He has already given us freely for this life.  In reality, we have allowed ourselves to be burdened again by a yoke of slavery to the law – we must work to be worthy.  This, my brothers and sisters, is not freedom, and definitely not glorious freedom!

When we live in Christ this way, it is also the way we live toward others, seeking to train them in our ways of the Lord.  But this isn’t what Jesus came to give.  He came to give absolute freedom in Him and in His finished work on the cross, including abundance of the grace of God for every need.  In turn, this freedom and grace is to be given to others who have not yet heard the gospel.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news – but so much better than what our lives have shown it to be to this point!  He came and gave His life, doing all the works and fulfilling all the requirements of the law, by the grace of God in Him, so that we could live in freedom from those requirements.  When we have a life-changing revelation of this Truth, the works we do in this complete and glorious freedom are done in response to His wonderful love and provision of grace – and with a desire to glorify Him and lead others to know Him this way, too.

Matthew 10:8 AMP  . . . Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give.

May you be stirred to seek after His freedom beyond what you have known, so that this will be what you give to others – no strings attached!