In Ira Wilson’s famous Gospel song “Make Me a Blessing” the third verse goes, “Give as ‘twas given to you in your need, love as the Master loved you.” In the fullness of the grace of God, our Master laid down his life for us. Jesus said to his disciples at the Last Supper, “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” It was a bold challenge to them and to His church to lay down our lives as Christ laid down His. He did not ask us to die in a physical sense, but to die through Him to our own selfishness that we might live through Him in effective service and care to others. He asked us to take on the form of grace and give of ourselves as we have been given.
Grace gives. Grace is giving. That is our “G” word for grace. God loved the world and gave His Son. By grace we are saved. It is His gift of salvation to all who will believe. When God tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are saved by grace through faith, He goes on in verse 10 and says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works that He has before ordained that we should walk in them.” We were saved to manifest the grace of God to the world. We were saved in order that we might give unto others as He has given unto us. As Jesus told His disciples, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
We will never do a good work to save our soul. Jesus blood has done all the saving that can be done. God’s grace was given to make it happen for our eternal salvation. Our good works are not done for us. They are done for Him that He might magnify the hope of His salvation to a lost and dying world. Paul exhorts us in Titus to be “zealous for good works” and twice to “maintain good works”. He says, “Let those who have believed” do this.
Ira Wilson didn’t just write a “sweet” song; he set the clear command of Scripture to simple singable music. “Make me a blessing, make me a blessing, out of my life, may Jesus shine. Make me a blessing, O Savior I pray, make me a blessing to someone today.” As grace has been given to you, go on in the giving of grace.
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