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“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40

Several years ago, I was privileged to attend a Gospel Concert that was being taped for a Video.  A well-known piano player was participating and during the program played a couple of Piano solos.  One of these was “I’m getting ready to leave this world.”  He was very talented and by the time he was finished, the audience was on their feet applauding.  Someone had arranged for steam or something to come up around him at the piano, making it look like he was in the clouds.

A couple of nights ago I was watching this video and having some good memories of being there that night.  As I listened to him play that song, I realized that it was a bit prophetic.  He probably had no idea that in just a few short months, he would be leaving this world.  After hearing him play many times, I feel confident that he had a relationship with the Lord, and as the song he was playing said, he was daily getting ready to meet the Lord.

When it comes time for us to leave this earth, it won’t matter if we have gained fame or fortune here on earth. It won’t matter whether we have had the applause of others, or if we have just quietly lived our life.  The only thing that will matter is if we have prepared for that day.  Have we made sure our hearts are free from sin, and committed to the Lord?

Jesus made a way for us all to come to Him when He shed His blood on Calvary, gave His life for our redemption, and rose again so that we might have eternal life.  We must make the choice to accept His plan of salvation, and every day be ready in case He calls us home.  We have no promise of tomorrow, He could come back again any day, or He could call you and I home.

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus for your great plan of salvation, and for your promise of eternal life with you.  Search our hearts today and help us to be ready for your call.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” II Timothy 1:9

The NLT reads: “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life.  He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Jesus Christ.

When God created man He know that sooner or later they would fail and not live the life He planned for them.  He knew that eventually He would have to send a redeemer to rescue them.  In fact, in Genesis 3:15, He gave Adam the promise of a redeemer that one day would break the yoke of the enemy.  It would not be enough to send angels to fulfill His plan; it would take a greater sacrifice than that. God, Himself, took on the form of man, came to earth as a humble baby in a manger, and then went to Calvary, giving His life that mankind could be redeemed.

Paul tells Timothy that we have done nothing to deserve this great salvation, it is only God’s great love for us fulfilling the plan He had from the beginning.  We can do all the good things we want, give ourselves to helping others, and it will avail nothing.  The grace of God leads us to repentance from our sin, and the Spirit dwelling within us gives us the power to live and walk with the Lord.  We did not deserve that love, but we are so thankful for His mercy.

Andréa Crouch expressed it to so well in his “My Tribute”

“With His blood He has saved me, with His power He has raised me,

To God be the glory for the things He has done.”

Prayer: Jesus, none of us deserve the great salvation you have given us, but we are thankful for the plan you had from the beginning, and that you gave your life that we might have life.  We give you all the glory.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

I was reading this second chapter of Ephesians in my devotionals this morning and it spoke to my heart in a new way.  The New Living Translation reads:

“God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

I am so thankful that the Lord saved me when I was just a child.  Even though I was not involved in a lot of sinful things, I was still a sinner in need of salvation.  There was nothing good in me, it was only the grace of God that brought salvation to our family.  In love and mercy, He reached down to my father, delivered him from sin, and made a way that we could learn of His great love.  None of us can take any credit for this great gift that the Lord has bestowed upon us.  We have nothing to boast about.  All that we are, all that we will ever be, is only by the grace of God.  He gets all the credit.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace, that brought salvation to our house.  You are worthy all the praise and glory and we give you thanks today for your great gift.

Devotion by Anne Johnston