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.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
Congratulations, you did it!
I have good news for you today. You get to enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven. You know how you accomplished such a feat? Let me give you a hint. It wasn’t by being patient with your significant other. It also wasn’t by always listening to you parents either. And it definitely wasn’t by never sinning (you’re kidding yourself if you think that’s it. No it was none of those things. You know what’s even crazier? There was nothing you could do to accomplish this. No good works will get you into Heaven. It isn’t a ticket you can buy and it isn’t a test you can pass. You get to go to Heaven simply because God loves you. You get to be welcomed with open arms to His kingdom simply by His Grace alone. So relax. You don’t have to be perfect to get to Heaven. Which is good because you never will be perfect. Every human is a sinner and God knows that. If you have faith, if you believe in God and his works, then you will be received into the Kingdom of God.
Now does this mean that you can do whatever you want and purposely sin left and right, but not even care? Of course not. God’s grace is more of a form of insurance. He wants you to always do the right thing and live the life he wants for you, but because he knows you are imperfect he welcomes you anyway. It is his gift. His way of saying ‘you are not perfect, but I love you so you are saved.’ Beyond that though, we are called to live in a way that glorifies Him. We should want to live in the way we are supposed to say that we can show others His grace & love. We need to be the hands and feet of God. We need to tell other people about God, so that they to can have faith and be saved by his grace. We were created to do good works. That is our purpose. Go do good works. For the glory of God.
Reflection for today:
Thank God for loving you no matter what and welcoming you with open arms into His kingdom. Thank you for his unending grace. Think about ways you could live to show the glory of God to others.
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