Speak the Truth:
Ephesians 2: 8-9 “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Talk the Talk:
I am so thankful that we are saved by grace! If I had to work for my salvation I would be in a bad way! Can I get an AMEN! That’s right; you know you would be in the same boat as me. Salvation, by grace alone, is a free gift that is totally undeserved. It really is mind-blowing and humbling. Recently, a reminder of how thankful I am that God extends grace and doesn’t make me work for my salvation came in an unexpected place through a bunny named Cookie Butter.
My cousin who is in 6th grade joined 4H and decided to raise a rabbit. Thus set off my internet search to find one for her. I’m not much of an animal person, but when I came across these cute, pure white, blue eyed bunnies I was sold. Now, the price tag was a bit more than anticipated. However, when my cousin saw them, she too wanted no other. 4H is supposed to teach kids responsibility, so I had the following conversation with my cousin.
Me: You want the white bunny?
Me: You willing to work for it?
Me: Ok, then I guess you aren’t getting the white bunny.
Her: Silence…(and then) OK I will work for it, what do I have to do?
Me: You have to work the entire cost of the bunny off with no complaining.
Her: OK – I will do it! Give me the to do list.
Don’t we all like to be spoiled and to get what we want when we want it? YES! However, typically in life things that we work for mean more to us. I know when I work for something specific, I feel such an accomplishment when I finally attain that goal. I also know that when work is involved sometimes I can get bored and lose motivation. It’s human nature.
Walk the Walk:
God knew that we would never be able to stay focused long enough, to be good enough and to work hard enough to gain salvation…EVER! Thus, his gift of grace – His only Son Jesus died on the cross to take away my sins, all of them – past, present, and future. He washed them away! He did the same for you too.
John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
It’s not about you or me. It’s all about God and his Son. While I hope that working Cookie Butter off is a good life lesson for my cousin, I am thankful that Salvation is a free gift that is not dependent on me doing anything except having faith that what the Bible says Jesus did for me is true.