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. John 3:16
Have you ever wondered what it might be like if we could somehow “repay” Jesus for what he did for us by laying down His life for us?
The reality is that we can never repay Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice. Salvation through Christ Jesus is a wonderful gift, which freely and lavishly flows from God’s amazing grace. There is nothing we could ever do to earn His forgiveness, not now, not ever.
Think about it though. If someone, perhaps even a complete stranger were to do something kind for us, like bail us out of some kind of trouble, perhaps even saving our very life, we would most certainly be forever grateful to that person. We would ask with the deepest of sincerity, “How can I repay you?” We would be searching in earnest for the best way that we knew how, to show our gratitude to that person for their unselfish act committed on our behalf.
Anything that anyone on this earth has done for us though, pales in comparison to what Jesus did for us. He committed the ultimate sacrifice, by freely and knowingly submitting Himself to a violent, brutal death on a cross in order to save us from our sins. I don’t know about you, but I know of no one else who would be willing to do all for me that Jesus has.
So what are we doing to “repay” Jesus or show our gratitude for His unselfish act of love and mercy carried out toward us? Do we “repay” Him with sin by living lives full of lies, envy, greed, idolatry, hate, gossip, anger, dissensions, selfish ambitions, or any of the other things mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21? Perhaps we “repay” Him by living our lives on our own terms as though He doesn’t even exist.
Or do we “repay” Him by loving Him, by loving others as ourselves, reaching out to help those in need around us? Are we living our lives in righteousness and continually walking with God? What about taking up our own cross and dying to ones self on a daily basis as Jesus did during His time on earth? Are we setting a good example as believers by exhibiting godly traits such as love, humility, self control, peace, joy and compassion as ambassadors of Christ should? Are we sharing the good news of the gospel to a lost and dying world?
Repayment? That will never happen. We can’t. Gratitude however, THAT is the key! Lets show Him our gratitude.
It’s imperative as believers to genuinely examine our hearts and minds as to how we have or haven’t been showing Christ our gratitude on a daily basis for his unselfish act of love and mercy on our behalf. For me, even as I write this, I am once again feeling pangs of conviction as I’m being reminded of my own short-comings in my daily walk with the Lord. After all, I would, as the saying goes, do cartwheels to thank and show a complete stranger my gratitude for their act of kindness that pales in comparison to the magnitude of what Christ did for me.
Unbelievers have chosen to reject and ignore the One who made the ultimate sacrifice. Unfortunately, sometimes we, as believers, are guilty in our own right. For we sometimes foolishly become complacent and take for granted that all too precious gift of Christ’s sacrifice.
So I ask, “What have you been doing to show your appreciation?”