I did not do it
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
One day Little Sven came home from school and said to his father, “I vas punished in school today for someting dat I did not do.”
Sven was furious and exclaimed, “Dat is terrible! I am going to haf a talk vith your teacher about dis! Dey should not punish children for tings dat they did not do!” After Sven settled down a little he asked, “Vhat vas it dat you did not do?”
“Vell,” said Little Sven, “I did not do my homework.”
The Bible tells us that there is nothing that nay of us can do to earn our own salvation. We are saved through faith in Christ alone. But, even though we can’t work our way to heaven, when we truly believe, our faith will change us and cause us to live for Him. If we have true faith, our hearts won’t let us sit idly by when we hear of the needs of others. Although none of us can solve all of the problems of the world, each of us can make a difference by doing our part, right where we are.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus said that when He returns He will grant eternal life to those who fed, clothed and comforted Him when He was in need. The righteous will respond humbly, and ask “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?” His response will be that when we do these things for the least of those among us that we do it for Him.
Lord, Thank You for Your grace. We want to serve You and live with You forever. Show us what You would have us do. Help us see the needs all around us. Open our eyes and hearts to ways in which we can give Your love to those who are hurting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.