Wednesday, April 20, 2016

1 Peter 1:17-21

1 Peter 1:17-21
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  We weren't saved by our wealth, or because we came up with some bright ideas.  We weren't chosen in a beauty contest -- God saved us by his grace and love alone, and he did so when we were strangers, when we were enemies of God through our sin.  We were lost, and God came looking for us.  We tend to forget this fact, believing instead that we are just a little bit bad and need some help across the finish line.  No, we have lost the map and need a Rescuer, and in Jesus Christ we have exactly that.
  Christ came not just to teach us about God, but to lead us to life-transforming faith.  He didn't just want to capture our minds -- he came to capture our hearts as well.
  So when we set aside time, no matter how big or small, and sit before the Lord, we are making a statement about what matters, about how we intend to make God a priority, about molding our lives to follow Christ more closely, honoring God for all that God has done for us.

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