FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
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.
This is an amazing passage that highlights how we were saved and why we were saved. We see in verse 8 that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ. That Christians for all time have never saved themselves or put themselves in a position to be saved, it has always been a gift of God, that its the grace of God that reaches us, that it’s the faith in Christ that saves us, and it’s all built on the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is how we were saved.
Yet, we were not just saved from something, we were saved for something. Verse 10 illuminates this truth, “for we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand”. We were saved to do good works, even before sin and death entered the world, humans have always been responsible for doing good work in God’s created world. We are His Workmanship!
I love that little clause, “which god prepared beforehand”. This means that there are good works waiting for us! In all the spaces and places we will enter today, God has prepared those good works for us in advance! What expectation we can walk into those places knowing that we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ and that we get to walk into the room brimming with confidence because we are there on assignment from God himself! What a joy!
Today, may we walk in the truth of our salvation and live it out in our good works!
What do you think about God preparing Good works in advance?
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Ephesians 2:8-10 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We praise you for our salvation. Thank you for the kindness of grace and the sacrifice of Jesus to heal us of our sin. We rest in our blood-bought salvation today. We ask for your Spirit’s help to Live Sent. Help us to work out our salvation with Good works! We pray all these things in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.