Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It is only by God's grace that you have been saved, because of God's great mercy and love, and even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. For He raised us along with Christ from the dead, and seated us with Him in heaven because we are now part of Jesus. When you believed, God saved you by His Grace. You cannot take credit for this, it is solely a gift from God. It is not a reward for some good deed you have done, that way we cannot boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2;1-10) As I read through this scripture, it reminded me how important it is to stay humble. As it says in the scripture, "none of us can boast about it". Salvation is not something to brag about, it is something to praise God and sing about. To stand in awe of this amazing gift, freely given to us by God's grace and love. I hear people all the time say how this person is so nice or good, they must deserve to go to heaven. But, they don't understand the most important point, No one deserves to go to Heaven. We all fall short. It is only by accepting Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, by recognizing that He died on a cross in order to take the punishment for our sins, that we receive salvation. Only by accepting Jesus into our hearts may we enter into God's presence. Not anyone of us will ever deserve this gift. But, anyone may receive this gift of salvation by turning to Christ, accepting Him, and asking Him for forgiveness.