Your Gift to God
Eternal life is God’s gift to us. Living intentionally is our gift to God. Think about those statements for a moment. Living an intentional life, as important as that is for all of us, does not get us into heaven. Nothing we do can accomplish that.
Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
─ Ephesians 5:10 MSG
Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (NIV). At the same time, it is the choices we make and the actions we do as a result of those decisions that show our love for God.
Give God the precious gift of yourself.
In John 14:15, Christ said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (NIV). Our actions are the evidence of our faith. That’s why the foundational verse of Intentional Living, in our verse today, is so important.
When we do things that bring pleasure to Christ, we give Him the precious gift of ourselves. How can we start doing this?
“Figure out…” leads to your head. Use your thinking and intellect to process information and make decisions.
“…what will please Christ…” points to your heart. How you gain biblical insight and relate to others as well as to God on an emotional level.
“…and then do it!” involves your hands. What you do, your actions.
Amazing things will happen when your thoughts, emotions and actions work together to affect each of the five essential areas of life: faith, family, finances, health and work.
Today’s One Thing
Look at whatever you have on your schedule this week. Look at the bullet points above and follow the steps to give God the precious gift of yourself.