A Free Gift // Tuesday, September 23
Posted: Tuesday, September 23
Verse of the day:
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Have you ever taken credit for something you didn’t do? Someone else did all the hard work but somehow you had an opportunity to take the credit so you did? It’s something that is pretty much universally frowned upon. One thing that we can never take credit for is salvation. Salvation is a gift of grace from God. Nothing we can do can help us earn right standing before Him.
So we can ever be good enough to earn salvation since it’s a gift of God’s grace but we also can never be bad enough to be ineligible for salvation since it is only by God’s grace. This is not a license for us to go on sinning (Remember what Paul says in Romans 6:1” What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”) However it is a good reminder that no one is beyond God extending his gift of salvation to. (Not members of ISIS, not murders, not child abusers, not sex offenders, no one is off limits) If anyone could have possibly disqualified themselves to be saved by God it would have been the Apostle Paul who was guilty of murdering Christians. Yet, we find during the very time he was seeking out Christians to harm, Jesus appears to him and saves him. Paul went on to lead many to Christ and to write most of the New Testament. No one is ineligible for salvation because it is by God’s grace not of our works whether those works be good or bad.
Have you tried to work your way into God’s good grace? Remember that He paid the price and it’s not by your own works that you win His favor? Have you ever considered someone to be beyond redemption? Pray that God would reveal Himself to them like He miraculously revealed Himself to Paul!
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor