WednesdayJanuary 25, 2017

Daily Devotional

By, Through, and Don’t Forget the For


Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


The sinfulness of sin—the world, Satan, and the indulgence of the flesh—can only be eradicated by the greatness of God’s grace. After the basic tenets of the gospel foundation and acknowledging our need for repentance, it is crucial to understand how we are saved. We are saved by grace through faith—that’s it! God needs nothing from us. And there’s nothing within the human realm that can save us from His wrath. We’re sinners deserving of eternal death. Grace simply means unmerited favor, and it’s a gift from God when we choose to make Jesus the Lord of our lives. This, of course, means we have faith in Him and believe that His promises will be fulfilled. Here we must note—especially for new Christians—the marked difference between faith and belief. We can believe in something without repentance and transformation. The Bible says that even the demons believe in Jesus, and they are definitely not recipients of grace. This is the point Paul is making in Ephesians 2:8-9, but that’s not all when we continue reading.

Knowing they are saved by grace through faith, too many Christians conveniently gloss over verse 10. We’ve got the why and the how, but what about the “for” factor? We were created for works. True faith requires action. Because we are now alive in Christ we should strive for obedience, transformation, and growth. We aim to please God. We are here to serve Him and fulfill His plans and purpose for our lives that will continue in heaven. We are God’s handiwork created to do the good works we were intended to do before He laid the foundations of the earth. If we love God, if our faith is in His strength and promise, then we do the work. We should be trophies of God’s grace on display for the world to see. And we’re here to push the ball downfield for the glory and praise of God.


As a reminder that you are God’s handiwork, pray through Psalm 139:1-18. Then ask God to use you in great ways to further His purpose, and once again thank Him for the gift of grace.


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