As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. (2 Cor. 6:13)

SALES ARE ABUNDANT in the final days and weeks leading up to Christmas. Shoppers eagerly peruse weekly advertisements for deals on items loved ones have wanted all year long. When one-day-only opportunities exist, patrons sometimes wait outside locked doors for long periods before business begins. In the early morning hours, they hope to be first at those shrink-wrapped pallets when the store opens. The promises of a bargain are so enticing, consumers are often motivated to go out of their way to get in on the deal.

In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he implored them to hear his message and accept Christ. Paul took pains to outline his own background and authority as an apostle. He was not willing that any should reject the Savior because of anything he had said or done, not said or not done. Paul was abundantly clear regarding the opportunity the Corinthians had to develop a relationship with Jesus, and he wanted no one to miss out on this life-changing chance. He hoped even the rebellious few who remained unsaved would receive the gift of salvation.

We sometimes go to extreme measures for something as simple as a great sale. So how can we allow ourselves or others to pass up the best deal humanity has ever been given? It’s time to cash in that coupon!

Wait no longer to reserve your place in heaven; encourage others to do the same.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor, turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.