How do you love Him?
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8&9
I want to back up a little to a couple verses I skipped over earlier in this chapter. I passed by them quickly because they are so well known and thought I couldn’t possibly add any incite to them. However, I feel pressed to go back and share any revelation I have gotten from them in hopes that it would encourage someone today.
First of all, I want to talk about this word grace. It is widely used throughout the scriptures and many have given their definition of what it means to them. I feel it gets passed over many times because a natural instinct is to say “oh yeah, I know what that means” without ever taking a minute to actually let it soak in. In this particular passage, I have always viewed this word grace as God taking pity on me. God felt bad that I was so pitifully lost in sin, so He made a provision for me to be saved from it. While it is true that I was a pitiful mess, lost in sin and God may have felt badly about it, but the real truth is, that is not what grace is about in this passage. What it really says is that it is by God’s love and great kindness that I have received my salvation. Only one verse before it even says He showed the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward me and that was expressed in the gift of salvation. The grace in this entire passage is all about God’s love. I finally get it!
As simple as that may sound to many, it is equally profound and worth pondering. God of heaven and earth loved me so much that He was willing to give His only Son for me. I know we all know that God loves us, but I want to take it a step further and consider . . . How do I feel about Him? I am grateful for sure! I am so thankful that He made provision for me to be with Him, but now I am considering that God loved me first, because He wanted me to love Him back. Which brings me to the next phrase I want to talk about. Salvation is a gift from God. It has nothing to do with me, who I am or what I’ve done whether good or bad. It is a gift and the best part about that gift is that it is available to anyone who will open it. Think about it this way. If a friend gave you a gift and you set it aside or thought little of it or worse yet, didn’t even open it, how do you think that friend would feel? How would you feel? Slighted? Offended? God has given us the greatest gift and He has given it to all the world, yet how many people just push it aside and think: “someday I open it. Someday later on I will look in that gift and see if it can be used in my life.” Yet even when we do receive it, we don’t recognize that it is a love gift and all God wants in return is our love back to Him.
My point in saying all of this is to come to the place that I ask the question “am I showing God how much I love Him by how I live or am I just so thankful for my salvation and run with it as a safeguard in my life?” So here’s the bottom line. How do we show God that we love Him for His great gift of Salvation? By telling Him of course, but the greatest act you can do to show how much you love God is by sharing His love gift of salvation with others. Love God? Love People!
Today I want to encourage to ask yourself “how do I feel about God?” Don’t answer this question by what you know the answer should be, answer it honestly. Then evaluate or even ask God how your life can better show your love for Him. Lastly, begin to grow that love you have for Him by sharing it with others. The more you talk about it, the greater it will become in your life.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-11