2006-07-01 - Your Resume
Installment 4 - Originally Published 2002-11-09
Hey My Friends,
Continuing on from last weeks devotional ...
You could share that like me, you are a sinner, and that it says in John 3:16 "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." (NIV)
What about you, friend? Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you looked at what God has done for you and realized how much God values you, and that God had to work to restore a relationship that is broken because of your sin?
Romans 1:16-17 says, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation of everyone that believes first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith." (NIV)
Have you realized that you are a sinner -- and that no good works or belief in any way, other than faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection -- can save you?
A lot of us believe that if we do enough good works as Jesus did, that we could work our way to Heaven. If our good works outweigh our bad works, we think that we will be okay. If that were the case, then why did Jesus have to die? Why would God have to send his only Son, whom he loved, to die a horrible death, if we could save ourselves?
Hebrews 10:10 says, "And by that will we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (NIV)
If we recognize our sinful condition and believe that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son as an offering to die on the cross for our sin, we will be saved. If we recognize daily how much God loves us, we will abide in him daily. If we abide in Him daily, we will have His heart for the lost.
Because we have received the most valuable gift anyone could ever receive, good works flow out of or lives, in love for God and other people. Our love for God should lead us to share Christ with others. Just as a bride speaks highly of her husband to others, we should speak highly to others of the love of God for all and the gift of salvation He has given to us through the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will continue and conclude the devotional series next week with Part 5.
I want my life to be for the glory of God in Christ Jesus