Tag

Ephesians 2:8-9

A great sculptor was commissioned to create a statue of Napoleon. The marble was ordered from a quarry in Greece known for its quality materials. As soon as it arrived in the studio of the famous sculptor, Canova, he examined it carefully. To his dismay he noticed that it was not perfect.
In disgust he shouted, “Discard it! It has a flaw in it. I will not lay my chisel upon it.”
How fortunate we are that God’s attitude toward and acceptance of sinners are the exact opposites. Paul boldly declares that God saved us “by His grace” – a word that means strong kindness toward someone! Imagine, if you can, how important God’s grace is for us.
God is perfection and only perfection is good enough for Him. But, our very nature condemns us and will not allow us to grow into anything near perfection. So, if we are ever to get near to God, then, it must be on His terms.
God is also love. This love that we do not deserve or can ever understand is what makes grace necessary. There is nothing we could ever do that would enable us to remove the flaws in our lives. We need Someone who is above us and beyond us Who will reach out to us and say: “In spite of your flaws, I love you and will forgive you and transform you by My grace if you have faith in my Son.”
In spite of their flaws, Jesus called men to be His disciples who were like us: ordinary sinners saved by grace. Accept His grace and love today.
Prayer: Lord, it’s not about breaking Your laws that requires Your grace, but breaking Your heart. Forgive us, transform us and enable us to live worthy of Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:8-9 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.
During a lull in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Colonel Teddy Roosevelt went to a nurse named Clara Barton. Politely he said, “I have men who are sick and wounded in my regiment. They need the delicacies that you of the Red Cross have. I’m ready to pay for them out of my own pocket.”
“Not for a million dollars,” came the reply. “All you have to do is to ask.”
Salvation is like that. We cannot buy it or earn it, work to attain it nor expect to inherit it from a parent or relative.
We must ask for it with sincerity and the simple faith of a small child.
When offered a gift we must accept it to receive it. God’s salvation, through Jesus Christ, is offered to us as His gift. Even the faith to accept His salvation is a gift. But we must ask for and accept it to receive it.
Perhaps the most concise definition of how a person is saved is contained in the words: “By grace are you saved through faith which is a gift from God.” Our salvation comes from God’s grace and our trust in what He did for us through His Son. As Christians we live and die depending on God’s gifts of grace, faith and salvation.
Prayer: Father, we are grateful for Your love, grace and mercy and reach out to You in faith accepting Your salvation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.
A great sculptor was commissioned to create a statue of Napoleon. The marble was ordered from a quarry in Greece known for its quality materials. As soon as it arrived in the studio of the famous sculptor, Canova, he examined it carefully. To his dismay he noticed that it was not perfect. In disgust he shouted, “Discard it! It has a flaw in it. I will not lay my chisel upon it.”

How fortunate we are that God’s attitude toward and acceptance of sinners are the exact opposites. Paul boldly declares that God saved us “by His grace” - a word that means strong kindness toward someone! Imagine, if you can, how important God’s grace is for us.

God is perfection and only perfection is good enough for Him. Our very nature condemns us and will not allow us to grow into anything near perfection. If we are ever to get near to God, then, it must be on His terms. God is also love. This love that we do not deserve or can ever understand is what makes grace necessary. There is nothing we could ever do that would enable us to remove the flaws in our lives. We need Someone who is above us and beyond us Who will reach out to us and say, “In spite of your flaws, I love you and will forgive you and transform you by My grace if you have faith in my Son.”

In spite of their flaws, Jesus called men to be His disciples who were like us: ordinary sinners saved by grace.

Prayer: Lord, it’s not about breaking Your laws that requires Your grace, but breaking Your heart. Forgive us, transform us and enable us to live worthy of Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
During a lull in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Colonel Teddy Roosevelt went to a nurse named Clara Barton. Politely he said, “I have men who are sick and wounded in my regiment. They need the delicacies that you of the Red Cross have. I’m ready to pay for them out of my own pocket.”

“Not for a million dollars,” came the reply. “All you have to do is to ask.”

Salvation is like that. We cannot buy it or earn it, work to attain it nor expect to inherit it from a parent or relative. We must ask for it with sincerity and the simple faith of a small child.

When offered a gift we must accept it to receive it. God’s salvation, through Jesus Christ, is offered to us as His gift. Even the faith to accept His salvation is a gift. But we must ask for and accept it to receive it.

Perhaps the most concise definition of how a person is saved is contained in the words: “By grace are you saved through faith which is a gift from God.” Our salvation comes from God’s grace and our trust in what He did for us through His Son. As Christians we live and die depending on God’s gifts of grace and faith.

Prayer: Father, we are grateful for Your love, grace and mercy and reach out to You in faith accepting Your salvation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.