Our Amazing Gift

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (Eph 2:8-10)

I remember the morning of December 25th each year when I was much younger. I remember sitting on the lap of Santa Claus, and giving out my wish list for the year. I remember waiting, and waiting to see what Santa and his reindeer delivered to my door (and sometimes hoping it wasn’t a lump of coal). I couldn’t wait. It was absolute torture to have to wait until my brother and sister woke up, and sometimes to even wait until my mom and dad woke up. Like all young kids, I wanted to see what was under that tree! As time has gone on, I realize more and more that things are just that, things, and although they are nice, and we enjoy them, Peter has promised that “both the earth, and the works that are in it, will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). Only those things that last for eternity are supremely important.

There is a song that we sing sometimes “He paid a debt I did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away”, how true that song is. Truly the price was paid for our salvation on the cross of Calvary by our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Paul reminds the Ephesians that we are saved because of the grace of God because of our faith and obedience to those things necessary for salvation. Paul is not saying in any way that we are saved by faith alone, but IS saying that there is nothing we can do to EARN our salvation, quite simply, we can’t possibly pay the price for our salvation, we are saved because God has provided a way, and because of the grace of God.

While during this holiday season it is easy to get caught up in “things” that we may have been given or gifts we may have exchanged, lets remember that the true gift, is the gift of eternal life which comes from God to all those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9), let us remember we did not deserve this gift, but we are offered salvation because of the grace of God, and because of a faith that will cause us to do as God has commanded.

What a great year it has been, and what exciting opportunities we have on the horizon, I pray that each of us will remember the obligation we have as Christians to make sure those around us are aware of this gift that is offered. Our salvation was not and is not free, it cost the very blood of the son of God who purchased the church (Acts 20:28) that we might be saved. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Cor. 9:15)!