Life and Life Eternal: Daily Devotional Thoughts
Free Grace BIC Church
Thursday, July 9th
“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:25-28)
One of the reasons we struggle with the love of Christ is that we have a hard time accepting God's grace. We know that we are undeserving sinners and there is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We may try hard but the harder we try the more inadequate we feel. Man's religious history is full of attempts to appease God. But the cross is God's word to each of us who feel unworthy. As the songwriter phrased it; “Nothing in my hand I bring - only to the cross I cling.” No one deserves salvation. Salvation is God's free gift to us when we place our faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
Bill Lumley came to talk to me one day about why our church in Des Moines, IA was doing a community outreach. He told me that he would never become a Christian, but he was glad that we were doing good things for a community he loved. Bill was a rough and tough guy. He had grown up in the city and had been a policeman, and then a detective until a bullet from a gunman put him out of commission. Bill had a hard time believing that God's grace could change anybody. Bill believed in the power of the law to put bad people behind bars. Bill learned that we had invited one of his neighbors Barb to church. He warned me that she was as hard as nails and would never darken the doorway of our church. “If you can get that lady to attend your church, I’ll come too he promised.” After a few invitations Barb did begin to attend. In fact, she not only came but she brought her two daughters and her granddaughters to church with her. Bill kept his word and he and his wife came to church and within a few months they both committed their lives to Christ. Bill began to learn something about the power of God to transform a person. And yes, Barb too, after a few years, gave her life to Christ.
Is there someone in your life who needs an invitation? Never underestimate the power of God to redeem a person.