Friday, August 17, 2018

Prayer Focus - Gracious
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. - Titus 3:4-7
From the time I was in seminary listening to the preaching professors talk about length of sermons related to attention spans until now listening to conference teachers address the same subject, our attention span has diminished to almost nothing. Whether preaching or teaching or just telling a story in casual conversation, you better make your point quick because people are checking out pretty quick. Paul presents the good news of the gospel in four verses and about 75 words. Don’t miss it because there is lots of good stuff here. I’ll point out a few before you check out. We are saved not because of anything we have done but by his mercy. We are saved by the blood of Christ poured out on a cross. We see the full work of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the work of salvation. We becomes heirs of eternal life as a result. Here it is about as clear and concise as written anywhere in the scriptures in this small book we hardly ever read. This should be an attention getter and one we don’t leave quickly. Pure mercy. Pure grace. All God. The gift of salvation. If you count yourself among the redeemed, you have reason to be very thankful today. 
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for redeeming me when I didn’t deserve it and couldn’t do it. Forgive me for abusing my position as an heir to eternal life and losing sight of the hope found in you. Let me walk as a child of yours in the power of your mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.