Born with a Silver Spoon
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
There is an old expression that speaks of people being "born with a silver spoon in their mouth." What it means is that they were born with every conceivable advantage; that everything they could possibly need in life was there for them, without any effort on their part. All they have to do is to take what lies before them. Such people would normally be described as "very lucky."
But there is a birth and a silver spoon that has nothing to do with "luck!" For, in many ways, when you were "born again" as a Christian, you too were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. That wasn’t luck – it was the gift of God as you responded to His invitation to come. From that moment on, every help and advantage is there for you – all you have to do is to take it! For once we start our new life with God, a whole number of promises follow. Here are just some of them mentioned in the New Testament: Jesus is now always with us; God’s Spirit is now living within us; our sins are completely forgiven; we have been put right with God ("justified"); we have been made friends with God ("reconciled"); we have the gift of eternal life; we have free access into God’s presence; we are no longer under the dominating control of sin; we are secure forever. The list could go on and on – but we hope that’s enough to remind you of the silver spoon in your mouth.
These promises are not something to be embarrassed about, as though it were somehow not "fair" that we should have them, but not others. They are God’s free gift to all who will come to Him through Christ. And they are His free gift, promised to you for you to experience afresh today.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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