Easter • Devotion #6: Do Not Miss the Gift of Salvation
Larry Gabbara | Financial Bookkeeper
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
I was born a sinner. I was a lost sinner for most of my adult life. I believed in God, but I knew I was missing something. I was empty, living a worldly life. If it were not for my wife and her prayer partners, I would have never known the wonders of God. Today, I am a saved sinner, because I responded to the Holy Spirit. One day I will be able to fellowship with Jesus in Heaven for eternity.
Salvation is a gift from God. We cannot earn it. Our works here on earth will not reserve us a place in Heaven, only Jesus’ blood does that. Without salvation, we are spiritually dead. God loves us all no matter who we are, and no matter what our past entails. God wants all of mankind to accept His gift of salvation.
Nothing can compare to this gift from God. It is, in Billy Graham’s words, “Forgiveness, Justification, Adoption, Eternal Life. The Crowning glory of Salvation is promised when we enter into the presence of the King.”
Have you ever thought about giving your life for a spouse, child, or loved one? That is what Jesus did for us on the Cross. He gave His life to save us, and give us the opportunity to spend eternity with our Father in Heaven.
I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Accepting the gift of salvation is as simple as, opening our heart, mind, and life to Jesus Christ and giving Him control of our life.
Romans 10:13 adds, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
All you have to do is open your mind and heart to Jesus. A simple prayer will do. Ask the Heavenly Father to forgive you of your sins, believe that Jesus died for you on the cross for your sins. Acknowledge that Jesus rose from the dead. Ask for Jesus’ help to turn away from your sinful nature. Jesus wants to lead you to be the person He has planned for you to be.