John 1:16-17 “Remember Your Blessings!”
From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Eternal life. Every imperfection erased forever, all because your Father in heaven decided to allow His Son to sacrifice for your benefit. Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift to us, freakin’ awesome, huh? But, it doesn’t end there.
God continues by blessing you in unbelievable ways. You are breathing. You can walk. You have a healthy mind. You live in America and are free to pursue the life of your dreams. You can pursue any goal you can imagine. You can be wealthy. You can become an artist. You can become anything you want.
Does that mean life will be a walk in the park? Hardly! Does that mean we won’t face challenges? Not! But, by remembering our blessings and remembering our trials are a way to make us stronger, we can stay focused on the blessings we do have and the future we are promised.
Anything can be yours, especially eternal life, as long as you remember the source of your blessings and make the free will choice to accept God’s grace and truth. When that atheist tells you only idiots believe in God, do you respectfully mention God makes a difference every day in your life? When that party ‘friend’ says “Let’s hang out and have some fun,” do you remember the dangers of intoxication and the way it dumbs down your choices and can affect your life forever in just a few dumb out-of-control moments? Free will is a slippery slope. We love the freedom, but we have to live with the ramifications of our choices. Young people are bullet proof, or so they think. Remember to think about those choices, especially at the point of the next dicey choice you make. Then, celebrate when you make the GOOD choice!
Jesus Christ is not a concept. He’s your real Savior providing unreal blessings for eternity. Your job is to accept those blessings and make the choice to accept the right road for eternity.
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”