For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Although many people like to talk about the idea of liking getting something for free, most people also like to earn what they get. They want to know that they had a part in getting whatever it is that they have. It gives them self value and worth.
This type of feeling is highest in religious circles. People want to earn favor with God or a god.
Paul describes how a person is saved. Salvation comes from God, by His grace and only through faith, which was also given by God. He stops all boasting by not allowing salvation by works.
After mankind had fallen away from God and into sin, God set up a plan to save everyone. He provided the means to be saved, but it was to only be done by faith, not works. There was no list of things a person must do or not do in order to become saved, it was all by faith.
Faith is just believing and trusting God for what cannot be seen. In this case it is faith for salvation, to be saved from sin. Salvation is something that cannot be physically seen or touched, nor it is it immediately complete. This faith was also something that God gave to every person.
While the majority of the world works to please God and be saved, God did not do it that way. He did not want one person to boast because he did ‘more’ than another person. It is completely by faith a gift given by God. It is believing that Jesus died for all sin and will remove all sin from one who believes in Him.
If you have not done so already, today it the day to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and be saved. God has this great gift ready for you to utilize.
Stop striving to work to try and please God so that He will save you. You are unable to do enough. Just repent and believe in what Jesus did for you already.
God has already given you a measure of faith that you use day to day in other things. Use it today to believe in Jesus and be saved.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will use the faith God has given you to believe in Jesus; that you will trust God completely for your salvation; and that you will stop working to earn God’s favor or love.