You Don’t Have to Work (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 162)
Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Why is it that we feel as though we have to do something when it comes to our faith and spirituality? We want to feel like we have earned it. Earning something or putting in extra effort to obtain something gives us certain bragging rights. Making that extra push, getting that extra sale, closing on that new deal makes us feel important. Who doesn’t like bragging every now and then?
But our economy is so much different than God’s economy. Our relationship with God is not like our relationship with our boss. It is not based upon our work or our performance. Many people believe that they have to earn God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. Nothing could be further from the truth. John Powell said, “We cannot psychologize the grace of God. God’s actions are outside and above our human sciences.” Even when we think we are good enough and our psychology tells us we are better than our environment, we still fall short of God’s holy and perfect standard.
We can’t take credit for grace. We can’t brag about mercy. We did nothing to receive and we don’t have to do anything to maintain it. It is a free gift. God’s economy is the only place where you don’t have to work for salvation. Ask God to help you drop your self-sufficiency and independent attitude. Let Him help you embrace His unconditional mercy for your soul. It is the best gift you could ever receive.
“When the mask of self-righteousness has been torn from us and we stand stripped of all our accustomed defenses, we are candidates for God’s generous grace.”
— Erwin W. Lutzer