Today I asked the boys, “What is the gift of God?” Romans 6:23, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
“What is a wage? It is compensation paid from one to another in exchange for work done. Who pays? Who is your master? Sin or God? Jesus said, ‘No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’
“If your master is sin then your wage is death. It is not a physical death but a spiritual death. A physical death is the separation of the soul from the body. A spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God.
“When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden they received their wage. Genesis 3:22-23, ‘And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.’
“Sin is deceiving. Its power is the pleasure we receive, so when we sin, we feel free. It doesn’t feel like we are receiving a wage but rather, it feels like we are receiving a gift of pleasure and freedom, to do what we want to do.
“The wages are a debt, and the gift is grace. We deserve our wages, but we do not deserve the gift. God is our master. He made us and for that, He owns us. Our God gives us gifts, not wages…gifts of faith, hope and love. The gift of life. Eternal life.
“When we believe and trust in the Lord, we receive incomparable riches of His grace and love. Ephesians 2:4-8, ‘But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.’”
Salvation is a gift from God.
The children continued their celebration of Independence week. Today they recited poems, speeches and demonstrated gymnastic routines. I got tired just watching them. Oh, to be young again. They did great!
Lee and Candy