Memorise Ephesians 2:4
"For by grace are ye saved ...it is a gift of God."
I know of many people who possess a passion for helping the disadvantaged in society. They would set aside personal time to visit and help strangers who have difficulty looking after themselves. They would help to clean up homes, even washing poorly maintained toilets despite the stench. They would stay to cheer up the old folks by talking and listening. Some would even set aside limited work leave to visit less developed countries to assist in the building of schools or hospitals. We also read and hear of great “saints” in places like India, dedicating their entire lives to help the people there. Would it surprise you if none of these works will help them gain acceptance with God and gain eternal life?
Romans 3:10, 23 tell us that there is none righteous. All are guilty of despicable sin in one form or another. The sins we have committed overwhelm any good works that there may be. Jeremiah 17:9 states truly that our hearts are desperately wicked. Although one may not have killed anyone, but in the heart, murder has been committed many times. Sin is so grievous that all it takes is one sin to justify hell for all eternity. None of us are free of sin. This is why Isaiah 64:6 tells us that without Christ, our righteousness are as filthy rags. What good we do is useless because of the evil we have consciously and deliberately committed. By ourselves, there is no way where we can ‘work’ for our salvation. Our works will count for nothing, if we are still in sin and condemnation.
But God in His great love and mercy, through the sacrifice of Christ, made it possible for us to be washed of all sins. Through Christ, God forgives us of our sins and makes us fit for heaven (Ephesians 2:4-7). God saved us from eternal damnation by grace; salvation is given to us as a gift. There are no conditions and there is nothing we can do to be deserving of this gift (Ephesians 2:8,9). It is given to us by God’s mercy and love toward us. We deserve hell, but God chooses to save us. For those who have believed, we must be grateful. For those who have not, God offers this salvation to you today. It is a free gift, not conditioned upon any work we do. It is given to us by the grace of God. All we need to do is to simply have faith to accept it. Have you received it yet?
Thought: There is nothing we can do to deserve salvation.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for saving me despite my unworthiness.