For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Everyone loves gifts, right? Even adults get giddy on their birthday or Christmas knowing the gifts will be coming. Gifts are a great way of showing someone that you care, and we enjoy the feeling of knowing that people care for us!
In the text for today, we are reminded of the ultimate gift. The gift of our salvation. The gift has already been bought for us, and not because of anything we have done or can do to show our worth. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6
Nonetheless, God created us as the crown of his creation to do good works for him. Our lives are a thank offering to our Lord and Savior, not for our glory, but for his. God no longer sees the stains of our sins, but rather a robe of righteousness. We have been enabled to serve God wholeheartedly not only in this life, but in eternal life!
So how will you serve God out of thankfulness in your life? In your family? In your work environment? In your hobbies? In every aspect of your life? It can be quite overwhelming to think about, but remember that God is enabling you and your strength comes from him! Be diligent in prayer and finding time to read God’s Word.
May God allow us to remember our gift of salvation and help us to live a life of thankfulness. May we also share this gift with others!
Christian Worship 219
Lord When Your Glory I Shall See
Lord, when your glory I shall see
And taste your Kingdom’s pleasure,
Your blood my royal robe shall be,
My joy beyond all measure!
When I appear before your throne,
Your righteousness shall be my crown;
With these I need not hid me.
And there, in garments richly wrought,
As your own bride I shall be brought
To stand in joy beside you.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of salvation. Please help me to remember that my salvation is not because of anything I have done. Let my life be one of thankfulness. Help me to freely and frequently find the strength and courage to share this gift with others, so that we may rejoice together in Heaven one day. Amen.
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