Day 8 – Wednesday, December 11
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
Do you remember the most fantastic Christmas gift you ever received? For us it was a lifelike baby doll and a Daisy rifle. That was pretty exciting; however, those gifts were not lasting. Material gifts come and go, like Polaroid cameras for instance. Something bigger and better comes along and takes its place. Always.
It is because of God’s grace that we have the free gift of salvation and everlasting life. We live in a sinful world, but God had a plan. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He gave His son Jesus who died on the cross to pay our sin debt. God’s perfect plan made it impossible for us to EARN salvation; otherwise we could be boastful.
It is by faith in God that we can receive His free gift – the only requirement is that we believe in Him and “…confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9). That gift of salvation gives us the desire to do good works for His glory.
Father, thank you for loving us and sending your Son, Jesus. Your love for us is so overwhelming when we think about the price He paid for us. Please help us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas- the MOST WONDERFUL GIFT EVER – JESUS CHRIST! Amen.
Contributed by Johnny & Gail Stewart