Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.”
I love a Christmas party when there are gifts involved! Whether it be an ornament exchange or even a white elephant exchange, there is the anticipation of bringing home something different or unexpected. The only problem for me comes when I bring home something a whole lot nicer than what I brought!
Today’s verse teaches that there is nothing we can exchange with God for our salvation. 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. Trying to exchange our righteous deeds for His free gift of salvation does not work. Those good deeds are just “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Salvation is a gift from God. There is nothing I can offer Him in exchange! Because this is true, none of us can boast about having anything to do with 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. Without this truth, I would always be in a state of fear and worry about my eternal destination. Putting my faith and trust in what HE did on that cross rather than in what I can do makes my heart light!
Thank you Lord, for Your incredible gift of grace!