Have you ever received something that was not earned? Something that someone else fought for so you could receive it?
That is the story that we see in 1 Kings 14-15. In these chapters, the author lists king after king that fails or follows God. There is no pattern to their faithfulness, just a history of whether or not they were after God’s heart or their own success. Yet all of them ruled over Israel. All of them were in some way appointed by God. And all of them were given grace. Why? Because of David’s faithfulness.
That is the same scenario we see in the gospel. We are all given a relationship with the Father through the Word, the Son (John 1:1-18). The Word became flesh. The Word existed before the world. The Word is grace and truth. The Word is Christ Jesus.
In Jesus we are given a new life, a new chance at living. We are given communion with the Father and an eternity with Him. We are given hope, love, joy, peace and fulfillment. In Christ we are complete, lacking in no good thing (Psalm 34:10). And all of it is undeserved. All that we bring to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary.* Christ brings restoration and redemption.
So as you go through your day, ask yourself: How can I focus my heart on Christ’s faithfulness? Am I seeking what I can earn on my own or what is freely given to me in the gospel?
*Josh Lawrence, Pastor at The Bridge Church, Wilmington, NC.