"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
I shudder to think what my life would be like without the Lord. What I would be like, or if I would even be. Before Christ I was on a one-way track headed for a collision with...something. Any number of things could have ended my life. And I'd have faced a just and holy God with no payment for my sins. I'd have faced an eternity without His goodness and light and love.
God came rushing in when all others had rushed out. He showed His mercy to me by preparing me all my life to receive His offer of faith and belief in His Son, Jesus. And on a day I thought was a simple visit to a church, having no idea there was more to this life than my eyes could see, He touched my heart.
He showered me with grace and the rain has never ended.
And so, I am thankful for the most precious gift I have and will ever receive, God's gift to me of salvation.
Thank you, Lord!