You Can’t Earn It - Your Daily Forward Devotional

You Can’t Earn It


March 26



Read Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.



Is there any way to earn your salvation?


We love our accomplishments, don’t we? We love to strive towards a goal. We love to revel in the glory of our own achievements. We want to raise a trophy above our heads and shout, “Look what I did!”


But the most important thing is life is something that we can’t earn. Our salvation. No matter how hard we try. We can do endless acts of service in the name of the Lord. We can fast until we pass out from low blood sugar. We can pray before all of our meals and first thing when we wake up and before we fall asleep. We can have perfect attendance at church. We can dutifully check off a daily Bible reading plan. And those spiritual disciplines are good!


Spiritual disciplines are necessary for growing and deepening our relationship with God. But our salvation is not a result of those works. In today’s passage, Paul reminds us that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone. Grace means undeserved favor. God is offering us a gift that we do not deserve but instead accept in faith. We place our faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ rather than placing faith in our works.


But some people still cling to legalism. In Galatians 2:21, Paul responded to those who were preaching a false gospel of salvation by works. He said, “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” If it were possible for us to earn our salvation, then we wouldn’t have needed Jesus to die in our place. His death would have been senseless!


Friend, you can stop striving. Salvation is not an accomplishment. Christianity isn’t a contest. There is no room for boasting or bragging. Jesus died for us because we couldn’t save ourselves. Let us never nullify the grace of God trying to prove ourselves righteous and worthy of salvation. Instead, let’s humbly accept the free gift of God.



Jesus, I know that there is nothing I could ever do that would be enough to earn my way to You. I humbly accept Your free gift of salvation by Your grace. I place my trust in what You did for me on the cross and not in what I can do for You. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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I pray for these children that they will be daily conformed to the image of your son. Amen!
Father, I pray for these children. I pray they will pursue you fully and love you completely! Amen!
God's love is amazing. He loves a wretch like me! We are sinners who need a savior. For reasons we'll never know God reaches out and saves us. Truly amazing grace!
Father, I pray for Brandon. I pray he will come to know you through your Son. Amen!
Wow. That's quite the backstory. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. I pray your neighbor's heart will be broken and she realizes a need for a savior. I pray for repentance and salvation for her whole house! Amen!
Hey Kathy. Thanks for engaging here. What do you do with a passage like Ephesians 2:1-10? "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in 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 coming ages 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 a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Are you referring to works in the process of salvation? Such as obedience in the event of baptism? Help me understand more of what you're referring to?
I am continually told that I cannot do sufficiently enough to gain my salvation and I believe that for I am a sinner. So thank You Lord Jesus for Your free gift of salvation, Your generous hand of compassion extended to me as I surrender my will to Your divine will.
The scripture does not say, faith or grace"alone".Yes, faith and grace are important but there is more. Read Romans 6:1-10 and 1 Peter 3:18-21.
This encouragement help me to focus on Jesus even in these days ofunrest.
my neighbor is a prostitute and very nasty and bitter. she has 2 children and a baby believed to be born a product of prostitution. please pray for her.
Thank the Lord That I am Saved by Grace and Not by Works! Thank You Jesus By Dying on the Cross shedding Your Blood for Me! I accepted You as My Savior in the Toiled Room in 1964 at Wolters Air Base, Texas led by me to Jesus Christ was a WWII Bomber Airplane Piolet, my supervisor, Rev Pelka (Assembly of God) who fought during WWII. I became a Missionary's in China and the Philippines during by 22 years in the Air Force and thirty-five years as a social worker supervisor. The things that God has kept me through all these years (sinning), reading the Bible through but understanding little, or not understanding extraordinarily little of following God Teachings. But my Father, Ravened Frank M Webb, and my mother raised me in the Methodist Church all my young life. I feel that Jesus kept me though “The Storm” through these 86 years my life has now been to thoroughly follow Him for past 4 years. Thank You Jesus!
I pray that my son Brandon will know Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior.
Amen and Amen for free Salvation
Chaz you said and pulled from God's word Truth just what I was going to do. Then you further said truth and gave it with The Love of Jesus Christ, Thank You Brother well done in Jesus name Amen
Giving Salvation...
Yes it is the point, Jesus told you, us we are in fact Worthy. Praise and Thank Jesus to God be the Glory. Amen
Amen! Thank you Jesus for the gising free Salvation
Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” “If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will reach out with love and understanding to all of our families and neighbors at all times, particularly in times of need.” Just as Jesus did and remains to do daily Faithfully.
Amen! Thank you Jesus for giving us so much, more than we can comprehend.
All to Him we owe!
Amen. What a Great Savior.
It's difficult for me to accept gifts because I feel I am not worthy. But from my understanding of Jesus sacrifice that's the point.
Hi Kelly , after reading your post , I have given it much thought as how to respond with respect to it . As I read ( eph 2: 8-9 ) we are told that it is the free gift of GOD lest we should brag . Also (Rom 3:24-26) by the free gift of GOD we are made right with him . You however are right it did cost more than we were able to pay . He loves us so much that he paid the price for us . We don’t have the power to change our lives , that’s when the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and it’s him who changes the way we live. We are now a new creation, born again, buried in our baptism and raised with Christ thru faith (Colossians 2:12) . Repentance is important because it’s the turning around and going in a different direction which is also made possible by the Holy Spirit .. No matter how it’s put. It all comes down to the free gift of Grace. Former slave trader John Newton penned the song amazing Grace He understood just how expensive the gift had cost , only to realize it was the free gift of GOD. PS. It’s free to us but it cost him his life. May the Lord bless you
I thank You Oh Lord for the free gift of salvation
Thank you Lord for giving your life to save me. I freely and humbly except your free gift of salvation by Your grace.
Please if you can pray for my children to have a deeper personal relationship with the Lord
The Bible tells us that God's "gift" IS "free."...our salvation does not depend one wit on ANYTHING that WE do...Jesus did it all for us on the Cross at Calvary....Your comment, on the surface, may seem correct, ut in the end, just leads to LEGALISM...God Bless.
Lord help me to administer your word to others
Pray for the salvation of my children ,having their minds renewed in Christ
Kellie, thanks for interacting with us. Ephesians 2:8-10 says, "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." There is a fuller picture. Yes, it is free. We cannot save ourselves. The book of Galatians declares this from chapters 1-6. And as you said repentance is part of that process. But even that repentance is made possible by the Spirit. We are desperately wicked and not seeking after God. And to your main point: there is a cost to being a Christian. I have said salvation is the most expensive free give you'll ever receive. Not because we buy it. Not because we earn it. But because it changes our lives. Jesus said, "Deny yourself. Pick up your cross. Follow me." But what a trade-off. A life of regret for a life of purpose. An eternity in hell for an eternity in heaven. Temporary suffering for eternal peace. Great words, Kellie.
Is that how he really talks?
I gladly yield temporary pleasure for eternity with God. I willingly repent and receive more forgiveness than I deserve. I get a far greater return than what I invest.
Amen! Thank you Lord.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Father, I pray for Daniel, Elijah, Brandon, and Anahi. I pray you to break their hearts to the point of repentance. I pray they will turn from their sin and themselves. Call them so they come to you quickly. Amen.
Father, I pray for Sherry and Tim. Like many today they find their security and significance in their stuff than in you. I pray you to do whatever it takes to move them to a place of seeing, desiring, and pursuing you. Father, I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen!
Linda, I am praying for your co-worker. I pray Valeria will be open to talks about God and this amazing gift He offers. I pray she will be able to see Jesus clearly. Amen!
Pastor Bob. I pray the same thing!
I pray for Joe. I pray he comes to you through your Son. I pray that He hears and receives the gospel fully. Amen!
Hey Karl. That's my best friend's name. I pray for Paul. I pray he will come to you through your Son. Remove the obstacles so He can see Jesus clearly. Amen.
Father, I pray for Bill, Rick, Cecil, and Madison, Jordan, Tanesha, and Jordan. You know their hearts. You sent Jesus for them. I pray they will come to a place of repentance. I pray for a softened heart. I pray for an openness to receive and respond to free gift. Amen!
I do not see God's gift as free. We MUST repent, we must change our way of lives and turn away from evil, we MUST be baptized and born again, and finally; we must receive the Holy Spirit. There is a price to pay - just as our Lord Jesus Christ had a price to pay. We need to turn our lives over to God...then yes, we receive the gift...but it is not free. (That's my interpretation anyway)
That can be a difficult one to navigate. The line between helping and enabling can be blurry. I pray for wisdom and protection for your family. I pray for true healing for this family. I pray for hope and a path forward. Amen.
I am sorry. That must be so hard. I pray for Emily to come back to Jesus. I pray her heart will be broken so she sees her need. I know that's a hard prayer, but we all must be in a place of need to turn to Jesus. Jesus, call her. Amen!
Father, I pray for Don , Kelly, Robert, Kyra, Jimmy, Magen, Matt, Tim, Julie, Mia, Kate, Jay, Joe jr, Joe Debra, Debbie, Matt, Sara, Ethan, and Jessica. Each one you sent Jesus to die for. I pray their hearts will be open to the gospel. I pray they will turn from their sin and turn to your Son. I pray this in the name of Jesus! Amen.
Father, I pray for Carlos. I pray for healing and full recovery! Quickly, Father! Amen!
Father, I pray for Carolee. I pray you to call her to yourself. I pray for repentance and brokenness so she sees her need for you. I pray for this quickly, Father. Amen!
Father, I pray for Larry Jr. I pray you to minister to his heart. Do a mighty work. Amen!
I am praying with you, Clyde and for them!
Laverne, let us know how it goes. I am praying for Angie, Tony, James, Rhamani, Khea, and your co-workers. I pray they are open to hearing the gospel. I pray their hearts are ready to receive it. Amen!
Thanks pastor nat, it seems so true that we are all prone to trying to pay back so as not to owe anyone for something they have done for us.,. I believe that’s where we need to understand GRACE, we can’t repay it. And not everyone sees it as a free gift.. when I first understood it It was only because of just how much I have been forgiven . My sins,which were many are now forgotten and I’m accepted by GOD not because of me but because of who he is. What a loving Savior we have. All Praise be his
Restoration of my family, finances and health-- prayers please, thanks and be blessed
I really appreciate this reality— that we are saved by His Grace— which is not of ourselves... especially since my morning meditation was about “yielding” myself to His will and “doing” the right things in my daily walk—- but although I indeed need to yield myself to right works— that is not the real issue — the real issue is being “ saved” by His grace! How thankful I am for His mercy every day!!!
Best Gift Ever!!!
We Praise you Jesus and we Thank you Jesus for what you have done for us. In Your Name Jesus Christ, we Pray and Praise you Jesus. Amen and Amen.
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you!!!
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Grace - God's Riches At Christ's Expense -
Pray for my grandkids Daniel, Elijah, Brandon and Anahi to return back to GOD In JESUS NAME.....thank u
Lord I am very grateful for the free gift of salvation. I know I am not able to earn it, that Your Son Jesus, died and gave us salvation freely. Lord salvation is something that I cannot or should boast about. I thank You and glory to Your name Jesus. Amen.
I pray for my sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Tim. They put more stock in what they own than in God. I pray that God would shine his light on their hearts so that they will know the glory that is loving God. Amen🙏❤️
Amen Amen Amen to the pray.
Thank You Jesus
Really profound message, Pastor Nat, thank you. I think it is vitally important for us believers to always remember that we are God’s created beings - body and spirit - and in this age, we are subjected to a Devine curse that the Blood of the Lamb has not yet removed. This is our carnal state - fallen from Grace! So it is in this state that we cannot even begin approach our Father, except through belief in His Son, our Messiah. This belief comes to us by the unmerited Grace of our Father. There is absolutely nothing I can do to seek the Father except to accept and confess that Jesus is my Lord a s Savior...Amen! It is this message I seek to share with all I meet and it always it starts with a simple, “Hello” and is followed by a whole lot of listening... Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!
Prayers for a coworker - Valeria (doesn't have very much faith or believes)
Prayers for healing and comfort for your son...Lord Jesus, hear our prayer...
Love these words in the prayer above. I am praying that God will place someone in my path today who does not know God so that I can deliver the Gospel to this person. Pray for me! Pastor Bob
Joe Velasquez my son in law
Please pray for my friend Bill, Rick, Cecil, my Grandchildren Madison, Jordan, Tanesha, and Jordan, that God would become real to them and they would accept Jesus as their savior> thanks
Please pray for our family -we have helped relocate a homeless family member back to our hometown.She is addicted to alcohol and has significant mental illness .We are struggling with boundary issues and need wisdom.Praying for her to overcome her addictions and mental illness .
Please pray for my daughter Emily, that her heart would be open to Jesus again
Don , Kelly, Robert, kyra, Jimmy, Magen, Matt, Tim, Julie, Mia,Kate,Jay , Joe jr , Joe Debra, Debbie, Matt, Sara, Ethan, Jessica,
Maybe we can still pray, fast, and attend service , not to try to earn our way to heaven, but to say thank you for your gift of salvation! My prayers, fasting etc. are my gift back to you dear GOD!
I am asking for prayer for my son Carlos. He is in the hospital with Covid pneumonia. . I totally believe and have faith that he will be healed. In Jesus Name Amen
Amen! Thank you Jesus.
🙏 share this with him, I'm sharing this with my girls. 🙏
A very interesting message reminding me of God's grace, thankful for the gift of Jesus. Please pray for my daughter Carolee that she would trust Jesus as saviour.
Marilyn we certainty are lucky to have the gift of faith. I also pray that more people will find to see that Jesus is the only way.. that he is giving then the gift of salvation.... peace to you today. 🙏💕🙏😇
I am asking for pray for my son Larry Williams Jr.
Hi Larry I always said that I am happy I have the gift of faith. I'm just now learning how, Faith, Glory, Grace and Salvation all work together.... it's an amazing journey!! Peace be with you. 🙏😇🙏😇🙏
Thank you Jesus for your Grace upon my life and the lives of my family members
Trusting in our Lord - releasing outcome, surrendering the entirety of our lives - these responses to His gift can challenge what the secular world teaches. He did it all - we in turn respond with love, thankfulness, and the thirst to reach the unsaved before it is too late. Let us not let His sacrifice be unknown to the world. I pray this day for the lost, the unchurched, those in rebellion against God. May we this day glorify Him for the love He continues to shower us with, and reflect His light in a darkened world.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus your gift of salvation can only we received by faith. And this faith is a gift also! Amazing grace everything we are and have are given to us by your love! Please Jesus keep be believing in you and humbly share your love with others. All for your glory Jesus. Amen
Thank you Lord for Your free gift of salvation only by Your grace. My trust is IN YOU. Amen
The saving grace of Jesus is the foundation of my life. I emphasize and share this with my family and friends with the hope that it will impact their lives in the most positive manner.
When I bring up to my children about the saving grace of Jesus, they pretty much put it down or don't want to hear it. Please pray for them.
I'll tell Angie,Tony James. Rhamani, Khea and 2. co-workers that the gift of God is free