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New Life daily devotion - Apr. 7, 2011

  • 2011 Apr 07


Honor This Sacrifice
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:15

Becoming God’s man or woman hinges upon what motivates you. Scripture is clear regarding what should motivate us: Gratitude for what Jesus Christ did for us in willingly going to the cross—gratitude in every aspect of life.

God’s beloved Son, Jesus, gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could have eternal life with God.  It sounds funny but we find our life in Christ’s death and resurrection.

Commenting on this theme back in the late 1800s, British preacher Charles Spurgeon said that, ultimately, there was only one motivation strong enough to give us vitality and staying power in the Christian life: “The most potent motive for holiness is free grace and we should be moved by gratitude to a height of dedication and purity and obedience that mere legalism can never know.”

Hear that?  Gratitude for grace.  Our life in Christ isn’t something we can earn; it’s found in God’s grace.  And for this we need to express gratitude daily.  I pray this good news will liberate you as you follow the One who, by grace, has brought you from death to life.

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”

  • Lionel Hampton (1908-2002)