Thursday, July 20, 2017


In Romans 2: 8-9, we read: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is he gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

“Timmy,” Grandfather called. “How about lend me a hand.”

Timmy hopped off the tire swing. “Okay. What do you want me to do?”

Grandfather pointed to the six-foot log on the garden path. “I want to weigh the bottom wire of the fence with it. That’ll keep out the critters.”

Timmy tried to lift his end without Grandfather’s help. “Oof. It’s too heavy. Can we cut it in half? That’ll make it easier to carry.”

“Nope. This’ll work and take less time. No shortcuts. Let’s do this. On the count of three.”

“One, two, three.” Timmy counted. He lifted his end.

"There. That should do the trick.” Grandfather stepped back to check the fence. “The pegs against the log will keep it secure.”

“I thought it would be heavy,” Timmy said.

“Why would you think that?”

“I tried to lift it. I couldn’t budge it.”

Grandfather thought a minute. “When we try to do things without our Heavenly Father’s help, they’ll be too heavy every time. I’ll let you in on a secret. I carried the heavy part of the log.”

“Wait. Then what part did I carry?” Timmy tilted his head. “You really didn’t need me, did you?”

“I needed you because I love you. I let you carry one end of the log while I carried the weight of it--in the middle. The Lord Jesus carries the weight of the cross providing us the gift of salvation. Nothing we can do to help the Lord save us. He’s done it all.

Kingdom Thinking. The Lord Jesus died on the cross for me. He promises never to leave nor forsake me. He loves me with an everlasting love. He offers the same to you. His amazing Love. Won’t you come?