Monday, December 6, 2010

God’s Wonderful Gift of Salvation

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  -Matthew 16:25, 26 (NKJV) 

Nothing in this world can compare in value to our salvation, for nothing else will save us from sin and bring eternal life but faith in Jesus Christ.  Isn’t interesting all of the treasures that are coming to light these days?  Items that we would never have believed to be valuable are now proving to be of tremendous worth.  Who would have thought that a vase found in someone’s attic would sell for tens of millions of dollars?  And who would have thought that a rare baseball card would have sold for over $200,000.00?  The problem is that those treasures can be lost.  Salvation in Jesus Christ is ours to keep forever.  The Lord promised that if we will trust in Him that we can be in His flock forever.  God always keeps His promises, and the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ is absolutely certain. 

A young man named Matt Cawley had planned to propose to his girlfriend Stacey Scanlon on the jetty of Bass River Beach on Cape Cod. The Dedham, Massachusetts native tied the $9,000 engagement ring to a large sand dollar and left it on the jetty, hoping to lead Scanlon there shortly after.  She saw the ring, untied it from the sand dollar, and accidentally dropped it in the ocean.  Despite help from lifeguards who spent hours diving in the area and searching for it, the ring was never found.  The couple later reported that they purchased another ring and proceeded with their wedding plans, but a lesson was certainly learned about how easily possessions can be lost.

Possessions can indeed be lost, but salvation in Jesus Christ, our greatest treasure, is for eternity.  Trust in Christ today and discover the joy of walking in the fullness of His grace and the blessings of salvation.

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