"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: This verse has been the source of much discussion over the years depending on the denomination with which each of us align. Are you saved by grace or by works? If we are saved by grace, are works even needed? Based on the overarching themes of the New Testament, I tend to align with works being a byproduct of grace. When I consider the extent of the forgiveness I have received through faith in Jesus Christ, where God found me, and how far He has brought me, I cannot help but be thankful and extend good works toward others for His name’s sake. The great part about it is that I cannot and would not care to take any credit for any good works because it is just a result of the goodness and grace of God Almighty. I simply want to praise my heavenly Father and thank Him for all He has done for me through His gift of grace. Could I be wrong? Of course, but when grace and peace fill our hearts, if we are truly living a life for the King of Kings, should we desire to gain anything? We have all that we need. I’d be more than happy to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Prayer for today: I pray that we would be a people that is focused on the heart of God, so much so that all that we do is not for our own sake, but for the name sake of God. That we allow the forgiveness, grace, and peace that we receive from our heavenly Father to urge us to live lives of worship to Him through good works. I pray that God would be glorified in our daily lives, in all that we do as we live for the King of Kings.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…