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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.

 

Reflect

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.

 

Pray

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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a year ago
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.
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a year ago
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.
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a year ago
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?
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a year ago
This encouragement help me to focus on Jesus even in these days ofunrest.
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a year ago
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.
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a year ago
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!
a year ago
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!
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