Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Receive The Gift"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."  Ephesians 2:8,9

So many people think that just because they do religious deeds that they are saved and right with God.  They believe that if they join a church, sing in the choir, donate to charities, or be kind to their fellow man, this will make them accepted by God.  Then there are those who think that just because they don't do "bad" things they are saved and right with God.  They think that if they don't drink or smoke, or if they don't do immoral acts, these are enough to make them accepted by God.

It is not about the good you do or the evil you abstain from that makes you right with God.  It is about having faith in what the Lord Jesus Christ did at the cross that makes you right.  It is about receiving the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus.  It is not about earning it. 

That first Christmas morning God sent the gift of His Son Jesus into the world to save us from our sins.  He was not going to remain a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.  He was going to grow and become a man who would then lay down His life for us so that the gift would be complete.  A gift is something that is paid for by one person and received by another. The gift of eternal was paid for in full by Jesus at the cross.  If you are still trying to "buy it" for yourself by doing good or abstaining from evil, it will never become yours. 

Have a great day.  Salvation is a gift from God, paid for by Jesus... not worked for by us.

For further reading:
John 3:16
Titus 3:5

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