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Thankful for Salvation

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

1 John 1

Without salvation, you have no reason to be thankful.

Over the past two weeks we've seen many examples of Bible characters who weren't thankful for God's blessings and we've seen those who were thankful. We've seen that in any circumstance we're in, God desires for us to recognize His working and be thankful. Over the last few weeks of November, let's look at specific blessings in our lives for which we can be thankful. Today, we start with the biggest blessing God's given to all of us-salvation.

If you've been in church any length of time, you've heard that salvation is the most important life decision you'll ever make. But step back and think about the provision of salvation for a minute.

In His divine mercy, God sent His only Son to die for your sins. No matter how often you hear the story or think about Christ's death, you cannot get over the fact that were it not for Jesus' sacrifice, your life would be pointless. Were it not for salvation, you would be wandering through life without hope.

Aren't you thankful that Jesus willingly suffered the Cross for you? Imagine your life without God. What would you be doing? What would your life's appetites be? What would you have to look forward to? God truly provided the greatest blessing of all when He provided salvation through His Son.

Since you realize that salvation is the most important decision someone will ever make, wouldn't you want your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to make that decision as well? While you can't force them into salvation, you can live a godly life, exhibit a Christ-like testimony, and share God's plan of salvation with them.

As John says, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full" (1 John 1:3-4). Share God's salvation with others so they can experience the joys you know through Christ.

If you've never experienced the joy of salvation and the hope of knowing your future home, take a minute to read what the Bible has to say about salvation http://dailyintheword.org/truth-about-eternity here on our website. During this month of thanksgiving, the greatest reason any of us has to be thankful is because of God's hope in our lives through salvation.

Christian, don't allow this month to quickly pass you by without stopping to reflect on the basis for your thankfulness-God's free gift of salvation. Without salvation, you have no reason to be thankful. But with salvation, you have forgiveness for the past, guidance for today, and hope for the future.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

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