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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, April 18, 2015
We become Christians through God’s unmerited favor. Not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. However, out of gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves. While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God’s intention is that our salvation will result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and build up the church.
We are God’s masterpiece (work of art, workmanship). Our salvation is something only God can do. It is his powerful, creative work in us. If God considers us his masterpieces, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as inferior work. (NLT)
Ephesians 2:4-10 – But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s special favor that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all because we are one through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
God’s secret plan has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. And this is his plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. – 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
Janice Towne (Virginia) titled her story “UNMERITED FAVOR;” here is a portion of Janice’s story:
“. . . The patron usually leaves with an expression of gratitude and thanks. Giving this small grace to a patron is the highlight of my day.
“How much greater is God’s grace! Unlike the library circulation program, God’s grace has no expiration period. It is timeless and transcendent. The gift God gave us in allowing Jesus to die for our sins is beyond words. As sinners, we do not deserve divine favor, yet God gave us Jesus Christ. We need to remember that we are saved by grace and grace alone. We can do nothing to earn God’s grace; it is free. How great and good is our God!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s grace does not expire.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you for your goodness and your mercy. Help us to know your grace through our faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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