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Being Grateful For Grace In Devotion


"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect---No I worked harder than all of them---yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me" (1 Cor. 15:10).

No one likes to be taken for granted. Not that we do the things we do for our own glory, but we all have a deep need to be appreciated on some levels. We show appreciation for people who have done great things in different ways. In the USA we celebrate holidays for some of our great leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King. In Major League Baseball all of the teams have "retired" the number 47 in recognition of Jackie Robinson. These people did not ask for this show of gratitude, but it is our nature as humans to show it. So....What show of gratitude do we as Christians make for the great gift of grace that has been bestowed upon us. I might have a suggestion or two...

The apostle Paul realized that because he was not one of the original 12 that acceptance would not come easy, especially taking into consideration his role in persecuting early Christians. As we see in today's verse, he felt the necessity to work harder and to be even more devoted to the cause of Christ. This was reflected in his life as he worked harder and harder, but always gave the credit for his successes to God. He realized that "the grace of God was with me." As Christians we are to be diligent in our discipleship. Our desire to serve ought to grow out of this diligent devotion. But most importantly, it should grow out of the recognition of the unmerited favor that God has shown for us. Everyday we should thank our God for the grace that he spread over us on the day we decided to obey Him. In the gospel of Mark, the man who had demons cast out of him (ch.15) wanted to go with Jesus. Jesus said to him; "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you" (V 19). He wanted the man and the world to know of His mercy.

Lastly, the person that is truly grateful for God's grace will not receive it in vain. (2 Cor. 6:1)...The grace that was shown at the cross is what ought to keep us faithful. Our devotion will be shown in the greatest way that it can be shown....In the way of love...I will let this scripture show the depth and reason for our gratitude of devotion. "We continue to remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess. 1:3). I can't say it any better....

Have a great day....Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4;11

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