Friday, August 23
Work NOT Required
Today's reading: Ephesians 2:8-9
Our salvation is not dependent on us doing good things ("working") to earn God's favor. Instead, the Gospel message is all about faith. If we choose (we have free will) to place our faith in Jesus Christ, we will be saved.
"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" (vs. 8-9).
Nothing we do in our own strength can ever save us. However, once we've placed our faith in Christ, doing good things--because we are God's representatives to the world--should be a regular part of our living.
Based on Ephesians 2:8-9, how would you explain faith versus "doing good things" to someone who doesn't yet know Christ? What helps you keep a proper perspective on working for and doing good things for God? Tami
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