When was the last time you paid for a “gift?”
If it cost you anything…even a penny, it wouldn’t really be a “gift” would it?
Paul also wrote this amazing statement; “By grace are you saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, not of works…” ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
There it is again, the “GIFT of God is eternal life”. It’s not what you do, it’s what God did for you.
Remember that you cannot earn a “gift” so you cannot “earn” your way to heaven.