For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Read: Ephesians 2:8,10
Listen: Ephesians 2
The Apostle Paul tells us we are saved by grace and not our works. There is no labor we can do that is good enough to rescue ourselves from the punishment we deserve because of our sin. Christ’s death on the cross in our place is the unmerited gift God offers to each one of us. Grace is his generosity and love given to us because we’re helpless to save ourselves. Watch the video clip below as Pastor Jeff Manion shares how Martin Luther finds this grace.
This undeserved grace from God frees us to be gracious to others through good works. We’re not saved by these good works, but for good works. This is overflowing grace in, and grace out. Likewise, God expresses his love for us through the good works of others. This is a revolutionary, counter-cultural way to look at work.
With gospel-trained eyes, we can see the world ablaze with the glory of God’s work through all people. When our neighbor stops and helps us change a flat tire, God is loving us through his good work. And when we help our neighbor rake grass, God is loving our neighbor through our good work.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Have you accepted God’s precious gift of undeserved grace? Today tell him, “God, I’m incapable of rescuing myself, and I receive the gift of Jesus who died in my place. Thank you for loving me this way. Amen.” Let us know if you accepted God’s gift. Send us an email to email@example.com so we can help you on this new journey.
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