Duke is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. It has a long history having been founded in 1838 by Methodists and Quakers. Their motto in English is “Knowledge and Faith.” Their basketball team, called the Blue Devils, have an eight-episode documentary recently released. It documents their preparation for their 2018-2019 season. The title of this documentary is undoubtably meant to be motivational for the players, “Earn Everything.”
Today’s verse teaches an important truth that salvation is something that cannot be earned. Very clearly it states that salvation does not come through our work or efforts. We want to think that somehow, something we did contributed to being saved. But no matter how hard one works to earn Heaven, man will always fall short of the perfect standard of God’s holiness. And the problem with thinking we can earn it is never knowing if we have done enough! Salvation is free and a gift from God. Because this is true, none of us can boast about earning it.
My gratitude towards God grows by leaps and bounds when I grasp this truth. It is all grace and it is amazing! There is tremendous freedom in my spirit to be assured that my salvation depends on Him and not my efforts. In a season of gift-giving, isn’t this the greatest gift of all! Without this truth, I would always be in a state of fear and worry about my eternal destination. But I do not have to worry when I place my faith and trust in what HE did on that cross!
Thank you Lord, for such an incredible, unearned gift!