Why is it that we often have “senior moments” when it comes to remembering the greatest gift we as christians have ever received? God’s free gift of salvation, found in the form of His ONLY son bleeding on The Cross for our sins, seems to slip our mind like a past birthday gift. This is at least something I experience at times in my walk with Christ. Those spiritual “ruts” in our lives…why do those even exist?? Better yet, why is that a frequent use of terminology? Should we ever have spiritual “ruts” in our walk with Christ? Granted, the Christian life is not the easiest path, but should we not just trust in God and let our joy be found in who God says He is and not in our circumstances? Let’s face it y’all, we live in a culture that desires immediate gratification. If we were to look at the core of our spiritual ruts, they are generally stemmed from some sort of lack of joy. However, God says to be joyful always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16) So what is our issue? What is my issue??
This week is labeled as one of the most generous times of the year. Thanksgiving reminds us of all the things we are thankful for in life, and for a short moment, we open our eyes to see how blessed we are. As I was sitting in the sauna at the gym (my favorite pastime), I began to contemplate on what things I was thankful for. The typical things like family, friends, food, a house, a gym membership, etc. all popped into my mind. I began to become frustrated with myself as I thought, “I literally Thank the Lord for the same superficial things every single year!!” I began to doubt whether I am ever truly thankful, and wonder what things I let pass my mind that I should be deeply grateful for everyday.
The scene of Jesus on the Cross from the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion, came into mind. I thought, “Surely God that’s not it. I’m thankful for what Your Son did for me everyday.”
What happened next gripped me. God’s still, small voice spoke and said, “really Lauren?” Sarcasm and all. True story.
But in all seriousness, this is the one thing I forget to be thankful for everyday, when it is the ONE thing I should be thankful for everyday. Yes, my family, friends, education, clothes, food, health are all important to me. I am very grateful for all those things. However, they do not compare to the gift God has given me. He died on a tree for us! He allowed Himself to be put in a humiliating circumstance so that we may have eternal life, even when He was completely innocent. How amazing is that??
This Sunday confirmed my need to remember my story and the grace God has shown me. A pastor at my home church taught from Ephesians 2:1-10. The verses that stuck out were verses 8-10. The funny thing about these verses is that they are not unfamiliar. Whether it was for school, or for my mama, I have memorized these verses before. Although they had some value to me at the times I had committed them to memory, they had an even greater meaning now that I had a new pair of lenses on.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV
I have been saved by Jesus Christ. I am made alive in Him. My story has value and it must be remembered. I am God’s masterpiece.