Many times when I read the prescribed Bible reading for a given week, I am drawn to a particular verse or particular section. Today is no different. In today’s reading I am drawn to verse 8.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (verse 8).
This verse helps me remember, and I do not know about you, but I need to be reminded from time to time, that it is not by our own works that we are saved. It is by God’s mercy that we are saved. But what is this bit, “through faith”. I think Paul means that we need to give up on the concept that we can save ourselves, the concept of being able to provide what we need for our salvation, and let God give what he alone can provide. We need to trust God.
To me this verse reminds me what I know, but the reminder is most helpful. God’s grace gives you and me life and unites us with him. All we have to do is accept it. But how do we accept it? By accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is what we are asked to do. And when we do this, as our faith grows, we will want to apply his teachings into our lives. Our own personal will will become less important in our lives and God’s will will become greater. As this happens, the world becomes a better place.
I wish you all a wonderful 2009. I pray that all of us mature as Christians and we are all drawn closer to God.