The Gift Of Our Savior
God’s Gift Of Our Savior
“Thank you. You shouldn’t have!”
“You didn’t have to do that!!!”
Have you ever said that to someone who gave you an unexpected present?
As humans, we appreciate a surprise gift, but it’s also in our nature to feel a little confused.
Uh oh, was I supposed to get something for him/her?
What’s today’s date again?
Similiarly, it’s hard for people to accept the truth that our salvation, as Bible-believing Christians, is a gift.
“Free,” as in we can’t earn it, even if we try.
We are well-intentioned people, but our good deeds could never equal what Christ did for us on the cross.
There is no comparison.
We are not “little gods” here on earth as atheists (who trust only in themselves) would have you believe.
But, what about that helpful thing I did for my neighbor yesterday?
What about that flat tire I changed for a stranded motorist?
Those are good and admirable things, yes!
Because you are a Christian, you want to and will do good things, but the very act of helping someone is not the hope of your salvation.
The Golden Rule
I’m sure we all remember hearing the adage, “Do unto others…” when we were growing up. There are also a few different rewordings of that proverb, depending on the source.
What does the Bible say?
Matthew 7:12 reveals these words of Jesus from His Sermon on the Mount,
12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12, (ESV).
We are to love and bless others – a reality of our Christianity.
What The Golden Rule Is Not
The Golden Rule, however, is not the foundation of God’s plan of salvation.
What is the foundation?
Not “what,” but Who?
Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.
We are sinners in need of a Savior.
Mere words cannot adequately describe just how marvelous!
There’s nothing you nor I can do that is worthy of what our Savior did for us.
Despite our unworthiness, our prayers to Him, in His will, reach all the way up to Heaven.
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. – 1 John 5:14, (ESV).
Love Him, pray to Him, thank Him, delight in Him.
And love your neighbors.
Bless them with friendship, kindness, and compassion, and spread the transforming news of the Gospel.
You’ll get some rejections, but don’t ever give up talking about your faith.
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