8-9 For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.— Eph. 2:8-9 The Voice
We, as Christians should always remain humble realizing that we did not do anything to earn our salvation. It is impossible to earn or pay for a free gift. God loved us so much that He became as a man and died for us paying our sin debt in full. And that is just the beginning of the story. If we follow His teachings and become a disciple, there is much more that we can enjoy here on earth. God is all about the present and eternity. We are told in John 10:10, that Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. And we can do nothing to earn those gifts, either. He gives them to us of His own free will. We receive peace, security, and joy from the same benevolence that brought us salvation. This was mentioned as far back as Isaiah in Chapter 12, Verse 2: Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” And He freely gives us all things that pertain to life and Godliness.
6 We are all infected and impure with sin.When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. 7 Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. — Isaiah 64:6, 7 NLT
We were born in sin into a sinful world and as long as we live in this flesh, we will be affected by sin. In the flesh, we can do good deeds, but those good deeds will not get us into heaven. We can wash and clean the exterior but only the righteousness of Jesus Christ can cleanse the inside. Doing good deeds without Godly direction can be compared to painting a wooden house without repairing the rotten areas. It looks good to the world but soon the house will fall. When we look at our nation, there are still a lot of good things that we can observe but there are fewer and fewer God things. We have been blessed abundantly for so long that we have become comfortable and complacent in who we are. To worship means to honor and to honor requires obedience. When we aren’t obedient to God, we are putting ourselves in His place and trying to do His job. When we put other things above God and his commands, He cannot be Lord of our lives. Our God is a jealous God, He will be Lord of all or He will not be Lord at all. He has not and will not change. He does not negotiate nor bargain with us. But when we come to the end of the rope, if we reach out for His hand, He is always there to take our hand and carry us to safety. Let us examine our positions and agree with God. When we do, we will fall on our faces and plead for His forgiveness and mercy.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous