For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Balanced by Grace

Ephesians 2:8-10
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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

At work, I purchase books, DVDs, and other items for the library collection. Along with buying the items, I am responsible for keeping the budget in check. That means recording the buying price, reconciling the numbers and monitoring all the activity in the spreadsheets (yes, there’s more than one). Then at home, Tim and I pay bills, assess the checkbook, and on it goes. My point, I am in a cycle of checks and balances.

Praise the Lord that my salvation does not depend on balance. Because God sent Jesus to earth to die for sinners and then raised him back to life, I am saved by God’s grace. Now that doesn’t mean that I should accept Jesus and go on my merry way. With acceptance comes responsibility. God has good works for me to do and I want to do them. I’m just thankful that my works don’t determine my salvation. I’d never do enough good in the world to equal the sacrifice Jesus gave for me. Praise God for grace. 

1 comment:

  1. So thankful we don't have to struggle with spread sheets when it comes to eternal life!