“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” – Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)
This Thanksgiving week, our daily devo will only be produced Monday through Wednesday. Over these next three days, let’s take a look at this passage from Titus that will give us some great prompts for being thankful.
Today let’s start by being thankful for GRACE. Grace is defined as an underserved gift… in other words; it’s something you get not because you deserve it but only because the giver chooses to give it. Today’s verse reminds us that God’s gracious gift of salvation has come for anybody. Jesus gave up his life on the cross so that we could be cleansed from every sin, and we could have an eternal relationship with God.
Why would a perfect holy God go to such an extreme for sinful, rebellious humans like you and me? He loves us. Just as His holiness is great, so too is His love for us. He sees what we can be and works to provide what we need to make it happen. He loves us, and His great love produces great grace.
Though God offers the greatest gift of grace, He does not force us to take it. He offers it and we must reach out and receive it. We receive the gracious gift of sin forgiven and an eternal relationship with God by believing that God is real, that Jesus’ death on the cross to forgive sin is real, and we ask God to save us from our sin and to take over the ownership of our lives.
If you are a believer in God and have received his gracious gift of salvation you have something to be thankful about. If you know about the gift but have never reached out to take the gift, why not do it today. This gift is so expensive you could never earn it, so quit thinking that if you are good enough God will accept you. Call on God today and experience the greatest and most gracious gift ever offered… the gift of eternally being in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.