For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We are saved by the grace of God alone and not by any action we perform or any noble characteristic we possess. All of us are sinners and fall short of what God requires. Yet God has demonstrated his great love for us by sending Jesus Christ to be our Savior even while the entire world was lost in sin. God even sets the conditions that make faith possible and gives us the gift of faith so that we can respond. Salvation is an act of God, and God, alone, gets all of the credit.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace that has saved me. I claim no credit but acknowledge that my salvation is entirely your work. Teach me to rest in the assurance that you will finish the good work you began within me. Enable me to trust daily in your grace, not only for my salvation but for every need both material and spiritual.
Life Application: Trust in His Grace
Most people think that God will save us because of our good works. Even many Christians continue to hold this idea as a secret belief, even while they confess their sins. But there is a difference between confessing our sins (the actions we perform) and confessing our sin (our natural, fallen condition that disqualifies us). All of us would like to think that God has saved us because he saw something good within us that was worthy of redeeming. We hold on to this falsehood because it is a hard thing to admit the truth: that sin has corrupted our entire being and thoroughly disqualified us. But if we can come to believe this truth, hard as it is, then we will begin to see the beauty of God’s unconditional love and grace. We will be set free from the fear and anxiety that we are not yet good enough for God. We will enter into a life of joy and peace, fully grounded in God’s unconditional love and grace. We will recognize that if God has saved us while we were lost in sin, then our salvation rests secure. We will then trust that God will certainly finish the good work he began within us.