September 7, 2008
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Today, on Grandparent's Day, I'd like to talk about Grandmas.
Did you know part of a grandmother's job description is that she must carry a wallet filled with pictures of the little darlings?
Recently, I met a grandmother who had made the promotion of her grandchildren into an art form. Now, I must confess, her grandkids are really beautiful and well behaved -- so much so that I complimented her on them. I said, "These are some charming little ones. How old are they?"
Without thinking a second, grandma replied, "The doctor is five, and the ambassador is three."
I wouldn't be surprised if those kids do just as Grandma hopes. They are very blessed. Not many kids have had somebody believe in them as strongly as these kids' grandmother did.
But wouldn't it be great if we did? When somebody believes in us, we try harder. If somebody expects great things of us, we try not to let them down. Yes, all of us wish we had somebody who cares for us like a Grandma.
But of course, we do! Jesus, our Savior, having transformed us by taking our place and punishment has redeemed us and has given us work to do.
He believes we will try to do good to others; that we will take a stand for our faith; that we will serve the Father in heaven.
He believes that we will, in every way, live our lives in a manner which shows we are thankful for what He has done for us.
We may not become ambassadors or doctors, but we can be Jesus' faithful followers.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for saving me and trusting me to be Your witness. Please guide my life so that I may live according to Your will, ever praising You for all that You have done. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries