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“For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed – God is witness – nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority” (1 Thessalonians 2:5-6).

When you do what you do, what is it that motivates you?  Are you doing what you are doing for gain?  This is something to meditate upon.  The Lord came to set you free, but whether you accept that freedom and walk with Him is up to you.  There is no condition on accepting Him.  But then, walk with Him and do the same for others as the Lord has done for you.  The Lord alone saves and He gives salvation away.

Lord, help me to understand this simple principle.  Guide me in the way of salvation so that I may now and always live without conditions.  You have freely forgiven me.  Help me to freely give the Good News away through all I do and with who I am.  Guide me in the way of living this new life and help me not to seek glory, but to live in obedience according to Your eternal Word.

Lord Jesus, You have come into the world in order that I may have life and have it abundantly.  I received this gift freely and You send me into the world to freely give it away.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life such that I may be unconditional in my service to You.  It matters not what I think I deserve, help me to live knowing that I do not deserve the mercy You give me or the grace which I receive. Amen.