Perfect Gift

In our lives we all have learned things that we shared with our family or friends. Many books have been published listing all sorts of beneficial “secrets’…from how to get stains out of clothing to how to bake the best bread. I remember laughing for hours over Erma Bombeck’s books.
But the best thing that was ever shared with me, the greatest gift of wisdom that was ever passed on to me was the same as was shared by the Apostle Paul.
In the book of Acts we read that having been falsely accused, Paul and Silas found themselves in jail at Philippi. Around midnight, an earthquake rumbled through the prison, opening the doors and loosing the prisoners’ chains. When the jailer learned that Paul and Silas had not tried to escape, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).
Paul responded, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (v.31). That night the jailer and his family believed and were baptized. And it all started with an earthquake.
It took an earthquake to open someone’s heart to the gospel but Paul was ready and willing to share this great gift.
Sometimes life’s upsets can make people more open to the gospel.
If you know someone who is going through a crisis, prayerfully stay in contact with them, and be ready to share a sensitive word of witness. 
I know we have all heard news that sounded too good to be true. And for the most part we are told, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true.
But the Gospel, the “glad tidings,” or “good news” is the best news and it is all true!             It is the news of the grace of God provided through Jesus Christ and it is the supreme message for man in all of creation.
In fact, the gospel of grace is such good news that some folks initially reject it as “too good to be true.” 
It is astounding to consider what it says in Ephesians 2:8-9 is true. That forgiveness, justification, and new birth are all available “by grace…through faith…the gift of God, not of works”
Even those of us who believe sometimes react in this same manner when we consider the message of grace for growth and sanctification. To hear that the entire Christian life is to be “grace upon grace” (John 1:16) may at first seem to us “too good to be true.”
We all have been taught from childhood to be responsible for ourselves so at times we may ask, “Isn’t there any human responsibility in God’s plan of salvation?”
Yes, there is. The saved and the unsaved alike must always be willing to respond to the offer of God’s grace in Christ. We must all relate properly to the Lord Jesus for every work of grace, because it is “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
In all matters, we must seek Him and trust in Him.
 
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