Listen to this devotional:
During my childhood in England, shopping was an almost daily occurrence, in order to ensure that our food was as fresh as possible. Home refrigerators were rare, because they were not even close to affordable for the average household. My family didn't need an icebox either, because we were able to walk or take a bus to town whenever we needed fresh meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit.
Since the days of our childhood, many of us have witnessed, adjusted to, and applied the ongoing improvements to our foods to keep them as clean, fresh, and nutritious as they can possibly be, and to give us the best chance of physical health.
Are we as diligent in keeping our personal, precious salvation experience as fresh as we keep our food, to give ourselves the best chance of spiritual health?
Romans 5:20b – But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. (KJV)
Let us be meticulous in keeping fresh our remembrance of the blessed grace that so gloriously abounded in our Lord's sacrifice at Calvary, to save us from our sinful condition. This grace fell in cleansing drops of His precious blood from such grievous wounds. This grace fought, wrestled, and conquered sin and death for us. And this same grace led Him to pray at the very height of His agony, "Father forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34 KJV)
Let us ever keep our own individual testimony sharp, crisp, and as fresh as any lettuce we toss in our salads, and as crunchy and juicy as any vegetables and fruit we enjoy eating. May we ever have a vivid visualization of our Lord Christ's suffering on the cross, as well as a permanently refreshing understanding of the grace that placed Him there, so that we, and the rest of humanity, might be saved.
May we also be determined to be continually filled with the same first, full-to-overflowing gratitude for our salvation each time we partake of Communion, the Lord's Supper. As we celebrate and perpetually drink from this communal fountain of God's grace, we reveal to all around us that it never runs dry. It is as eternal and as holy as the Trinity.
Prayer: Our Father God, as we keep it fresh, thank You that we have the blessed bliss and honour of explicitly sharing our own personal salvation experience and the abounding grace of our Saviour Christ's atoning sacrifice, with the unsaved, as You lead us to them. Precious Lamb of God, we worship Your holy name. Amen and Amen.