Changed lives

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

How can I repay the LORD
for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
(Psalms 116:12-14 (NIV))

Even though this was written long before God sent Jesus to this earth, it still applies to our walk of faith in this day and age. When we grow close to God, we should grow in our gratitude. We should desire to show God how thankful we are to Him for all of His mercies and for the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus. We should become exuberant in our desires to praise God.

Many cultures have a tradition that if someone saves your life, you belong to them until the debt is repaid. The person who was saved goes everywhere that the rescuer goes. If you stop to think about this concept, it speaks very well of the person who performed the life saving rescue. The person following them testifies to the heroics of the rescuer. He also humbles himself by leaving his home and committing himself to the person who rescued them. This changes two lives. It changes the person who was rescued and it changes the person who did the rescuing. The person who was saved follows the rescuer out of gratitude. They hope to be able to show such goodness to them in turn.

Think about God.

Think about Jesus.

Jesus was sent by God to save us from certain death as a result of our sin. We should be following Jesus and looking for ways to repay His goodness. We should proclaim His ways in the presence of all. If someone alive today literally saved your life, you would not stop thanking them for their actions. Have you stopped thanking God and Jesus for their actions?

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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