Titus 3:5-6

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:5-6
My daughter Lainey is obsessed with using silverware right now. Anytime I eat with a spoon or fork, Lainey thinks she needs one too, even when the food she's eating doesn’t require one! Over the weekend, we had just wrapped up eating some delicious steaks grilled on the stove. Per her usual routine, Lainey likes to get out and sit on one of our laps when she is done eating, while we finish up eating and talking at the dinner table. As I was engaged in some conversation, Lainey reached out to grab some of my silverware, and I didn’t think much of it initially. She grabbed my steak knife and had her mouth wide open, ready to put the knife into her mouth! Immediately, I grabbed her hand and removed the knife before she hurt herself. She then preceded to burst out in tears and cry because she didn’t know the difference between grabbing my steak knife or my spoon. She had no concept of why I would do such a mean thing and take away her fun, but in reality, I was saving her.
The same can be true of humans and our relationship with God. We think the things we are holding onto are just for fun or to feel good. Yet in reality, they can be things that greatly harm us or even lead to our death. And not just an earthly death, an eternal one.
But God, when we were dead and without life, did something miraculous. He saved us. Just like I saved my daughter Lainey from physically harming herself, God stepped in and saved us. Lainey is too young to comprehend that she even needed to be saved, let alone what she was saved from. She had no idea that the steak knife was putting her in danger.
The same can be true of sin in our lives. Before we have been saved and reborn, we too can’t see  the full effects of our sin. We might think that our sin is harmless and that everyone is doing it, just like Lainey thought the steak knife was not dangerous because everyone one was using it. But just because the knife hadn't harmed her yet, doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. However, the difference with sin is that it isn’t a "might be dangerous" - it is dangerous, and we know that sin leads to death.
So, would you take a moment and thank God for new life in him today? Sometimes in our busy lives we get so busy we miss the miracle that we have been saved from sin and death by God’s grace. When we remember this, not only do we have a reason to rejoice, but we now have a new motivation to live every day. Rejoice in God’s saving grace today, because without it, you and I would be spiritually dead and without hope.

Questions for reflection:

1. When is the last time you have thanked God for saving you? Take a moment to thank God for being our Savior.
2. How can you keep God’s saving grace on the forefront of your mind this week?
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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