FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)
AM I LIVING SENT?
In his book, The Enormous Exception, Earl Palmer tells about a pre-med undergrad at the University of California, Berkley, who became a Christian after a long journey through doubts and questions. A bout with the flu kept him out of classes for 10 days. During that critical absence from his organic chemistry class, a Christian classmate carefully collected all his missed lectures and assignments. The person took time from his own studies to help his friend catch up with the class.
Years later, the pre-med student, now a committed Christian, told Palmer, “You know that this just isn’t done, and I probably wouldn’t have done it, but he gave that help to me without any fanfare or complaints. I wanted to know what made this friend of mine act the way he did. I found myself asking him if I could go to church with him.” Palmer wrote, “I think the best tribute I ever heard concerning a Christian was the tribute spoken of this student. ‘I felt more alive when I was around this friend.’”
The world is a different and better place when we live sent. The Apostle Paul taught in Ephesians 2:10 that God has had good works planned for each of us to do since before our lives began. We are not saved by our good works but we are saved to do good works.
In the sermon, Mike asked, “What am I doing that will make a difference in someone’s life for eternity?” How would you answer that question?
Ask God to show you some of the good things He has planned for you to do. Thank God for His plan for your life.