January 17, 2011
Today’s Text: Read Ephesians 2:8-10
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Today’s verses are some of the most powerful in the New Testament. It tells how we were saved, and to what purpose.
How are we saved? We were saved by grace! Grace is unmerited favor. We did not deserve anything good from God, yet in spite of ourselves God gave us His very best. It was His decision and will to save us. We don’t have the opportunity to be saved because we wanted to be or because we deserved to be. It was God’s gracious will alone that has brought us salvation! When we trust in Christ to save us by faith, God graciously counts us as right with Him and treats us as His children. That is incredible!
What was the purpose of our salvation? According to verse 10 we were saved “unto good works”. It was in God’s plan to save us so that we can do the things he wants us to do. We were saved to please God in the things that we do. We aren’t saved by the things that we do. We are saved to do good things!
In making Christ the center of our lives, and giving ourselves to Him first, we must recognize why we were saved. We were saved to please God by who we are and what we do. What are you going to do today to show your salvation?