No Bragging Rights (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 163)
Ephesians 2:9 (NLT)
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
God is perfect. He is holy in every way. There is nothing that He can do wrong. As sinful human beings, our ability to live up to that standard is obsolete. To even attempt to live up to God’s high standard of righteousness is futile. And no amount of good works or well-spoken words could ever save us or help us.
It isn’t like studying for a test. If you study, more than likely, you will get a good grade. No matter how many good works you do, you will never be able to get into Heaven on that alone. You may be able to get into a prestigious college on a good GPA, but not into Heaven. We can go to Heaven but there is nothing we can do on earth to help us get there. God does it all for us. Therefore, we have no bragging rights to His grace and mercy.
If you are trying to earn God’s love and forgiveness, stop trying. If you’re trying to earn yourself a spot in Heaven, stop wasting your time. Christianity is alive and well not because man did something but because God did everything. He did the work to extend redemption and forgiveness to His creation. It is by grace alone through faith alone. And we have no bragging rights to that. We can rely on God’s free gift of salvation and be thankful that we can find everything we need in Jesus Christ.
“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world-and might be even more difficult to save.”
— C.S. Lewis