Giving Back

If you were drowning and someone saved your life, you would be indebted to him or her forever, wouldn’t you? Well, Jesus has done more than save your life! He has lifted your burden of sin, saved you from a lifetime of emptiness without Him, brought you into His loving presence, and given you the promise of an eternal new and even better life after this one. How could you even begin to pay Him back?

You can’t! Nothing you could give Him would ever come near the value of what He has given you. There are many ways, however, to show your gratitude. Jesus wants your love and devotion, and He wants you to do your best to live according to God’s two great commandments: Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. (John 16:24) —And part of loving your neighbors as yourself is sharing the good news of salvation with them, so they also can partake of His free gift.

He also wants you to use all of the other gifts He’s given you for His glory. They are for your benefit, but not for your benefit alone. Your gifts are also a responsibility. They make you a servant of others. Jesus wants you to use your gifts to help and edify others, and to reflect the wonderful things He’s done for you.

The best advertisement for any product is a satisfied customer, and who could be more satisfied than the born- again Christian who has partaken of the best possible “product”—Jesus—and all the other gifts, all the “extras,” that God gives freely through Him? When others see what the Lord has done for you, they will want Him too! “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

So, “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14) Let people see Jesus in you!



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