Read Ephesians 1: 3-12
Because of his kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2; 8-10 (TLB)
Steven A. Schofield is from Virginia. Upon achieving the senior rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, Steven adopted this saying: "Never forget where you came from."
As a young adult, Steven walked away from the faith that had been modeled for him by loving Christians parents. He forgot where he came from, even though the inheritance was freely given through his Lord and Savior.
Years later, on a Navy warship in the middle of the ocean, Steven found himself broken and bitter. At That moment he remembered where he came from. He remembered the sounds of his father praying in the middle of the night - calling out family members' names (including his own) in the name of Jesus. Steven repented and rededicated himself to Jesus Christ, and he vowed to make sure that he modeled his faith, prayed for others, and encouraged his sons and everyone around him in the rich heritage of a faithful Christian walk as it had been passed on to him.
During this season of Lent, let us all repent and vowed to be a better model of our faith to those around us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to remember your great love for us when we forget where we came from. Help us to lift up those who are struggling with their faith and to call out their names to you as others have done for us, in Jesus' name, amen.