MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
Ephesians 2:9 (NLT2)
One of the latest uses of technology in youth sports is putting trackers on the players. This allows teams to look at various biometrics and see how players perform during competition. Recently my (Larry) son was the fastest player on his soccer team at any one point, reaching 11.7 mph. He was super proud until we saw that a couple of NFL players were tracked over 21 mph. I got tired just watching all of them run around. All of these players hit their top speed for a few moments but none of them could sustain that pace for the entire game or match.
In a similar way, we learned in yesterday’s sermon that approaching self-worth using the world’s approach is not sustainable. We can’t run at that pace forever. Pastor Mike reminded us that we have a false sense of identity when we think “What I do defines who I am.” We can run hard to try to achieve the right position, the perfect looks, plenty of wealth and the best skills but it’s not a sustainable way to live your life and establish your identity.
Ephesians 2:9 teaches us that God doesn’t grant us salvation because we sustained a perfect record, or we earned it. The Bible teaches that God gives us salvation and that God gives us worth. What were you taught made you valuable growing up? What does your energy and time spent day to day say about how you see what makes you valuable? In Matthew 10 Jesus said that God cares about every sparrow and we have even greater worth than a sparrow. To go a little deeper today read Matthew 10:26-33.