Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | March 22, 2009

Thank God It’s Not Up to Us!

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 2:9 not of works, that no one would boast. (World English Bible)

We humans have a lot of burdens placed on us. Some of them are self-imposed ones that we shouldn’t worry about. Those self-imposed ones are the ones that will drag us down fastest. Did you take on that other person’s shift when someone else could’ve covered it? Take on extra volunteering hours because things were slow?

No matter how good your intentions are, all your extra “busy work” won’t secure you a place in heaven. A lot of people wear themselves out trying to obtain eternal salvation through extra prayer services, taking on extra ministries, and giving more of their income to their church. Don’t be fooled, all our good works as Christians are a result of our faith, not a means of salvation.

The good news: God loves us in spite of our fallen nature. He showed this in the best way possible by Jesus’ sacrifice. There’s no need for boasting, since it’s all because of Jesus.

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