Ouch! Grrr! I hate fox paws (faux pas) in my writing, especially when those paw prints make such a huge difference!
In this case, the difference was only one letter — I left out the letter “r” in the following sentence: “the offering to David for fee” in our SH!FT devotional (see at the bottom of this post) this morning. Little things can make a big difference just like there is a huge difference between getting something for “free” and getting something for a “fee”!
God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for us and the gift is freely given. That is what grace means: a free gift from the heart of God!
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 NAS).
See also this same phrase in Romans 5:15-16 as Paul reminds us that we are saved by God’s free gift of grace and there is no “fee” for what we have received.
Some thing of giving or tithing or sharing their offering with God as a “fee” — the cost of doing business with God. But in reality, all of our acts of holiness and discipleship are responses to God’s gracious gift, Jesus’ incredibly loving sacrifices, and the Spirit prompting us to respond by taking on our Father’s character (2 Corinthians 8:9) and 2 Corinthians 9:15).
So I guess I will get forgiveness for my gooberheaded mistake, but I will never forget that there is a huge difference between “free” and “fee”!
Just for your insight, here are a couple of videos on giving we found to be thoughtful, humorous, and also convicting: