For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
An Incredible Gift
You have given me an incredible gift. You have given me what I did not deserve. You have given me what I could never earn. What’s that? You have given me your gift of salvation. You rescued me from a life without you both now and forever. You forgave all my sins. You cleansed all my unrighteousness. You broke down the barrier that separated me from you. You made it so I could live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You made it so I will be able to come and live with you forever in heaven. Yes, I did. That is an incredible gift. Yes, it is.
You are now both my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am. It is now my joy to live in an intimate relationship with you. I will come to meet with you. I will rest in your presence. I want to come to know you. I will listen to all you have to say to me. I will allow you change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. I want to become like you in all that I think and say and do. I want you to change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. I will go where you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I know that you have set me apart to love and follow and serve you. That’s true. That is exactly what I have done for you. For that, I am so grateful and thankful. That is very good.
I know for sure that I cannot earn your favor. I know for sure that I cannot merit your salvation. You gave me your salvation as I gift. Yes, I did. I cannot now try to earn or merit what you have already given to me. That’s true. But, I do know that living out my life of salvation with you will involve me go and doing good things that you will give me to do. Yes, it will. It could be said that I was and am not saved by doing good works but that I have been saved for goods. What does that mean? It means that the good works you have given me to do will flow out of the life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, they will.
I will love and follow and serve you. You are my Savior and Lord. My life is in your hands. I am at your service. It will be my pleasure to do whatever you ask of me. That is very good.
Lord, I have nothing to boast about. I did not merit or deserve or could not possibly earn your salvation. By your grace I have been saved. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. You are my Savior and Lord. I will follow and serve you. Amen
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