Have you ever found something in a drawer or a closet or in your garage and thought, "Wow! I haven't seen this for a long time. How cool!"
Seems like a lot of people need to do this with their salvation in Christ. It's become so familiar and taken for granted that it's treated like oxygen. I don't even think about breathing most days, and I've only thanked God for oxygen a couple of times in my life when I was stretched for things to thank him for!
But take my oxygen away for even a minute, and I'd be TOTALLY appreciative to get it back and probably thank God for it every day for a long time... until I forgot about it and stuck it in a mental drawer in my mind.
So today I stopped and thought about what my life would be like today if I didn't know Christ and had not received the free gift of salvation I didn't deserve, and just how much of a messed up person I continue to be despite my best efforts and how God loves me despite of myself.
[Interesting side note: The reason most Christians don't share Christ with others is because they no longer value their salvation. This is a big pill to swallow, but it's the truth.]
After I pondered my depravity and thanked God for my salvation in Christ, you know what I envisioned? Me in Heaven, right after I died. I walked up to God, expecting to get a high-speed video showing of my life and all the selfish things I did and thought in addition to all the unselfish things I did... and you know what he said?
"You done good, son. Don't sweat the stuff that Christ died for and erased. I don't see it...I look at your heart."
He spoke like a laid-back farmer too, not like a professor or some arrogant CEO.
So today I am going thank God for oxygen throughout the day, followed by thanks for my salvation from myself. It's as precious as the air I breathe.