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Has God ever sent you a friendly reminder by leading you to a certain verse in the bible? Maybe even a helpful suggestion in the form of a tug on your heart?
The weather is finally starting to give us a glimpse of fall here in Nashville, and it takes me back to a similar night when I was single.
My roommate and I decided to take advantage of the first “chilly” Florida night we’d experienced all year. We walked to the lake at our apartment complex (or retention pond, depending on how you look at it), sat down in the grass, and turned on the flashlight as I opened the bible. She prompted me to read the last chapter of Galatians, which brought me to a verse that I had not truly committed to memory the first time I attempted to do so…Galatians 6:14.
It is so easy to get caught up in what we’re doing for the world. Pride comes in and captures our thoughts so quickly. I was proud of what I had accomplished at work that day, proud of myself for running that night…even proud that I had brought my Bible on our short stroll to enjoy the weather.
However, to Christ, my good works mean nothing unless they are an example of His love to others. We were created to do just that: good works (products of the fruit of the spirit) of and for Him. Anything that we accomplish is a result of what He has allowed us to do. Our efforts will not increase our chances for salvation; we’ve already been given that gift through the grace of God…and it is a gift that we can all receive.
So do not boast in your own ability, but instead walk in the path Christ walked and give Him the glory for what He’s allowed you to accomplish.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Eph 2:8-10