My friend, let us sit quietly and think about this most precious gift of salvation and the promise of eternal life God has so amazingly given to us freely.
Salvation – being saved – is a free gift from God! It is not a reward for our good deeds or self-denial. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn or give God in exchange for our salvation. It is a GIFT we don’t deserve. We are sinners who have been disobedient to God. We don’t deserve anything from Him. Yet God, in His love, has chosen to give it to us. It is called GRACE in the Bible. It is received only through FAITH in the Lord Jesus. There is no other way to get it.
In the Bible, we read:
“It is by GRACE you are saved, through FAITH… not as a result of works.
”This is the simple but wonderful truth of the Gospel!
We rejoice in our salvation. Now, what do we do? How do we live? In the Bible, God says: “I know the plan I have for you.” Jeremiah 29:11
God has a plan and purpose for our life! Before our salvation, we had our own plans and we were going our own way, living selfishly for ourselves. Now we want to live our new life for Lord Jesus and follow his plan for us. God has lovingly planned a unique life for each of his children. It is not an empty life, it is a fulfilling life, full of good deeds He wants us to do for him.
What are the good deeds God has for us? Serving God by serving others – like being kind-hearted, loving, and caring, helping people in need, praying for them, telling others about the Lord Jesus and his priceless gift of salvation, etc. The Lord Jesus will lead us along the way and the Holy Spirit will show us how to follow him. All the blessings God has for us will be found only along this path as we follow the Lord. Bible tells us: “God has created us in Christ Jesus to do all the good works which He has already planned for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
My dear friend, as we rejoice in our salvation, let us eagerly pray and find out all the good deeds God is calling us to do. And let us do them with joy!
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, please help me not to live a meaningless life only for myself. Help me follow the Lord Jesus and do all the good deeds which You have planned for me to do to serve others and bring You praise and honor.”