My gratitude grows when I realize that God doesn't require me to work for His love!
Religion has spent far too much time telling us that we are required to work for our salvation. We have to give more, serve more, act better, smile more and manufacture the picture of wholeness. But, God knows that we are not able to keep up a game like that. And, so His plan and His love are not based on any work or action we produce!
I love this quote:
"Repentance, not proper behavior or even holiness, is the doorway to grace. And the opposite of sin is grace, not virtue." -- Philip Yancey
God knew that we needed grace, not religion, in order to find wholeness through Him? And that grace is the basis for the gratitude we are working to increase this Holiday season.
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:8-9 MSG
Take a few minutes and thank God for His grace in your life!