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The Gift of Salvation

Today’s Reflection

SALVATION IS FREE, but the cost of discipleship is enormous. I try to hide from the truth, but when I read the Gospels and seek to live in communion with God, I discover both parts of the statement are dead-center truth.

I can do nothing to earn my salvation. My redemption is a pure gift of grace, a gift offered to me without qualification or reservation. I am God’s child, and no one or no thing can change that fact. Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again to bring this gift of salvation to me in all its fullness.

My faith can appropriate this gift, but even my greatest doubt cannot change its reality. I am God’s beloved, embraced in God’s love for now and eternity. All words are inadequate to describe the extravagance and grandeur of the gift of salvation.

– Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God

Reading for Reflection by Rueben P. Job, page 129 in A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab. Copyright © 2013 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you define “salvation?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

John 3:16, NRSV

This Week: pray for grandparents and grandchildren. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Perpetua and Felicity (March 7).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill March 12, 2017, 4:44 am

    Insufficient are my words as well. I will simply say Hallelujah and Amen!
    This makes me think of Kari Jobe’s “Forever” (on YouTube). It is taken from one of her concerts – and towards the end a narrator comes out to read…and he speaks about how God is indescribable…that there aren’t words. I would highly recommend this song and the narration that follows it. I think it would put each person in a perfect place of preparation for corporate worship this morning. Blessings.

  • Carol March 12, 2017, 5:15 am

    Jesus took my place and received instead of me pain, intense suffering and my death to give me freedom from sin’s ways and gave me without cost to me, life in its truest sense. Our decision is to just receive all He has obtained for us.

  • robert moeller March 12, 2017, 5:44 am

    While I agree that “All words are inadequate to describe the extravagance and grandeur of the gift of salvation”, knowing what it is and how we came to have it are important. The story has been told many times, again and again, but it bears retelling as it is the greatest ever. Jesus paid for the sins of the world, past, present, and future by taking all them to death and leaving them there. They were paid for by Jesus’ blood, the perfect atonement for sin. Rising, resurrecting from death Jesus overcame the power of sin and made possible the gift of redemption for all who believe in what He did. Believe, accept, and be saved.

    Prayers for grandchildren and grandparents. Thank You, Lord. Thankfully I have experienced both and can now give the experience to others.

    Thankful for a day where much was accomplished, Anneliese was able to do more and had less pain.

    Prayers for my children as they deal with life. Hope you all have a blessed Sunday.

  • Andrea March 12, 2017, 11:52 am

    I define salvation as God’s unconditional love demonstrated by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. I believe this love is available to us every moment of our lives, empowering us to love others and to live out our call.

    Wishing all a blessed Sunday.

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