“1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith…” This declaration appears in several of the letters that carry Paul’s name.
Here, a sharp contrast is drawn between life that “follows the course of this world” and life that follows the course that God establishes. God does the act of saving through Jesus Christ. God takes the initiative to point us in a new direction and makes it possible for us to journey there. That is the “immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” It is pure gift.
But for this gift to become a reality in our lives we must choose to accept the gift and live the life it demands of us. That is, we have a part to play in our salvation, too. At times it seems that we forget the faith is a verb, an action, a way of life, a choice that we must make if we want to know and experience the immeasurable riches of God’s grace in our lives.
A good practice is to pray daily for God’s will to be made known…and then let God’s will for your life guide your way each day.
Be a blessing to someone today!