Dear Members and friends,
We are pleased to be giving you the devotional booklet Graced by the Fruits of Our Labor. These 21 daily meditations are provided to enhance your private and/or family devotional life. Through reading and meditating on God’s Word, we, through the working of the Holy Spirit, see more clearly God’s tremendous love for us. God has withheld nothing from us, not even his own Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God’s grace not only saves us, but also motivates and equips us to give our all in using our talents, abilities and gifts in service to God. Our commitment to give wholeheartedly to God’s Kingdom follows our salvation by grace. Because of God’s grace, we can serve, give, and generously do the work of the Lord. By ourselves, we are powerless. “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7) … grace to live lives worthy of the Lord that we might bear fruit for him (Colossians 1:10). Out of gratitude for who God is and what he has done for us, we respond out of love to give wholeheartedly as we serve and honor the Lord and therefore our lives continue to be graced by him.
As we meditate on these devotions, may we be reminded of the honor and privilege that God has given us to be his stewards. God has called and chosen us as well as equipped us for this opportunity and responsibility. This devotional booklet will help us in our efforts in serving God.
May God’s blessings remain with you as you continue your faithful stewardship of the many blessings entrusted to your care.
Pastor Tom Anderson