When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
Relate: Just a few days back would have been my dad’s sixty-fourth birthday. It is hard to believe that it was election day twenty-two years ago that he graduated into heaven. It is a little depressing for me, every time I look in the mirror to realize that I have less hair than my dad had at my age. Pretty soon I won’t be able to say that anymore. By this time next year I will be older than he ever was in this life.
It is also a little depressing at times when I realize how far the apple fell from the tree. In some ways I am just like him, but in many others I am not. He was more of a social bug. I’m an introvert. He was always smiling. I tend to brood. One big difference was that while I love the details, he lived by the maxim, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard this bit of wisdom from him. So, in honor of dad, today I am just going to go back to the main thing…
React: Look back up at the verse for today. Jesus, God, came from heaven to earth to be our Savior. He revealed His kindness and love to us by taking upon Himself our sins when He died on the cross. He saved us. I had to pause for a minute after writing those last three words. He saved us. It wasn’t because of anything we have done. We are so unworthy, but in His mercy, through His blood, He has made us clean. We are forgiven. We are born again. When Jesus ascended into heaven He sent the Holy Spirit who now dwells in those who have accepted this free gift of grace. We are now declared righteous. We have been justified and because of His grace we have the confidence that we will live forever with Him.
That is the story of the redeemed. It is my story. Is it yours? I’ve been writing on The River Walk for a little over three years now. I am sitting on about nine hundred posts with more than a third of a million views. By the grace of God, we will be here together for dozens of years and thousands of posts to come. In all that time, through all the topics and with all the illustrations and stories that will come there will never be a greater story than the truth of the grace of God. If you have never had a personal encounter with the amazing grace of our awesome God, why not do so today? He is as close as your surrender.
I come before You humbled. I know that I am a sinner so undeserving of Your grace. I have wasted my life trying to do things my own way and I have failed. Time and time again I have failed. I’m tired of living in rebellion to You. Even though I am so undeserving, You came and lived and died to take away my sin. There are no words to say how grateful I am for this free gift and I accept it. God I surrender to You. Help me now to go from this place living in the freedom You have purchased for me. I lay down my all that You might live in me and through me. Here is my life, Lord. It’s Yours.