TODAY'S MANNA  Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Your Calling in Your Christian Life
    [Zechariah prophesied concerning John,] "You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God."
Luke 1:76-78        New International Version
    What is your job or calling in your Christian Life?
John's job, his calling in life, was to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus to come to us and bring Salvation and forgiveness.  His job was not to be the number one or the one in the limelight.  Rather he was a preparer, a servant if you will. But, where does salvation come from?  Does it come because we realize that something is desperately wrong and that we need to change it and make it better?  Does it come from our doing good works and being a good person?  Does it come because we got lucky one day?  Does it come because we have done nothing wrong and are worthy and deserve it?  Does it come because we have kept all the commandments (No man/women can do that!)?   No, NO man (or woman) deserves forgiveness or salvation, we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, we were ALL born with a sin nature because of Adam.  Does it come from membership in a particular church or religion?  Absolutely NOT!  Does it come from rigorously obeying everything in the law (from being religious)?  NO!  again I say NO!   Salvation and forgiveness come only from one source,
    A church or your religion can NOT save you EVER.  There is only one source for Salvation, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  There is NO OTHER WAY!  Period. Therefore John’s job, his calling in life, to prepare the way for the Lord was the most important job one could ever have. Every single Christian has that same job! We have all been made able ministers of the New Testament (Gospel of Jesus Christ) according to God’s Word. (2 Cor. 3:6) And there is NO other way to God except through Jesus Christ, I don’t care what you think or believe. The Word of God says one way, therefore there is only one way!
I confess, Father, that at times I've tried to earn my salvation.  At other times, I have taken it for granted and trampled on Your mercy and grace.  Today, Father, I want to live for You: not to be saved or gain salvation, but to please You and reflect Your character and nature. Your mercy and grace have redeemed many people from the worthless way of living that I see so many others still trapped in.  Thank You for Your salvation, for everything that is included with that salvation, but please help me to live in a way that shows the joy of that salvation in all I say, think, and do. Through the name of Jesus I pray.

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