There was nothing we could do to earn this salvation. We are saved purely by the grace of Christ through faith alone, not because of any works. In fact, Paul says that even our faith is a gift from God, leaving no room for boasting of any sort. This does not mean, however, that our good works are pointless. They are not the root of our salvation, but instead a necessary fruit of it. Good works do not save us; however, all truly saved people will do good works. God has prepared good deeds for us, and wants us to demonstrate that reality of our salvation by the way we live our lives (v. 10). It is God’s powerful creative work in us that drives our wiliness to engage in these works that He has set forth for us to do. We are saved to serve Christ and build up His Church (Eph. 4:12).
Questions for further thought:
1. How have I trusted in anything other than God’s grace for my salvation?
2. When will I confess and forsake my sin and put my trust in Christ alone as the basis for my forgiveness?
Challenge: The universe does not exist as a series of random events. The one who carefully orchestrated the family line of Jesus is in absolute control over all things in order to accomplish every purpose He intends. Battle your anxieties with this truth, and entrust your plans to God’s wise and powerful control.
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