“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves: it is God’s gift.” Ephesians 2:8
We spend every day of our lives doing things to get an end result. We have to go the store in order to have groceries in the house. We make time to take care of our homes in order for them to be clean and livable. We work jobs to make ends meet and pay the bills. We get oil changes on our vehicles to keep our engines working efficiently. We mow and weed-eat to maintain a nice looking yard. We eat right and exercise to take care of our bodies and help us live a better physical life. Every morning we wake up with our to-do list on our minds for the day ahead. Doing is what we do. It can be exhausting the amount of things we have to do, especially as mothers.
There are other religions that will tell you that you must do something in order to go to Heaven, as if there is some kind of to-do list and each box must be marked before we make it to our final destination. Salvation is not of ourselves, sisters. God chose to save us. It was nothing we did. If salvation were really based on our actions and what we did, no one would ever make it to glory. I don’t want the basis of my salvation in my hands; because I know it would never happen. Nothing I do could warrant enough righteousness to stand before God on my own merits. To be honest, it’s ridiculous to even think any of us could face God on our own, yet there are those that teach this very thing. I am thankful that I didn’t have a to-do list that needed checked before the Lord saved me. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. We are saved by grace! Ephesians 2:4-5. That to-do list can be ripped up, because the God I serve saves because of His great mercy and grace. Not from works, so that no one will boast, it’s a precious gift.
Father, I know it was nothing that you saw in me that saved me, but was the precious sacrifice of Your Son that has given me the chance to stand before you clothed in His righteousness.
Sisters, let’s tell others about the God we serve. While other religions base salvation on works, we have been saved by faith through grace, it was not from ourselves in any way, it was His gift! Let’s share that good news.