by Pastor Mark Jordan
“God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:9, NLT)
Yesterday we explored how Jesus doesn’t condemn His followers, but He does convict you so He can convert you, and you can correct your way of living. As we look at today’s, we realize it is important to recognize that this comes from God, which is the essence of grace.
God’s grace is a gift that He gives you which you cannot earn or deserve. It was always God’s plan to save you so you can live with Him forever in heaven.
There is no doubt we can struggle with that idea. All too often our human nature kicks in and we want to believe we can earn salvation. How often have you heard someone who struggles in faith to think (in reality, hope) that he or she can be saved simply by being a good person? Scripture teaches us that you can never be good enough, which means that logic is thrown out the window. So, if you can’t be good enough, what hope do you really have?
Your salvation isn’t based on you being good enough, but because Jesus is good enough! God heaped your sin on Jesus so He could nail it to the cross and bury it away, never to be taken up again. THIS is God’s gift. Not because you deserve it, but because God longs to give it. Will you accept it?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the amazing gift of salvation in Jesus! I believe this is your gift, but I ask your forgiveness to help me in the times my behavior doesn’t line up with this belief. I accept your gift, and long to live into. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.