Have you ever heard something and thought it was too good to be true? Immediately, we doubt what we hear and begin to look for ways it’s wrong, because it’s simply too good to be true. In Ephesians 2:8-9, the apostle Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
That can’t be right. Surely our works and wisdom account in some way for our salvation. However, it is right. It sounds too good to be true, but God saves us by grace through faith. This is unbelievably good news, so immediately our brains argue against it. We try to find some reason God’s grace is enough. We want our efforts and thoughts and actions and intentions included in the mix so that we can by some means calculate our salvation. Grace, however, is incalculable.
There is no mathematical formula for salvation. There isn’t a combination, derivation, or integration of works and grace God’s salvation to work. There is no accounting or legal department in heaven; the grace of God we receive through Jesus Christ washes away our sins and cleanses us of unrighteousness. This is our great hope and our salvation.
We approach God through faith, and this wonderful salvation by the grace compels us to live better and better every day. Faith hears God, believes God, and obeys God. We trust that God gives us the right things to do and then we put those into practice. Sometimes we fail and sometimes we succeed spectacularly. Every time, it is God’s grace that saves us.
God makes this freely available to everyone and anyone who wants it. That’s pretty much the only condition, faithfulness. Are you willing to believe what God says? Are you willing to trust and do what God says? If your answer is yes and you put God’s will and practice, then you are living faithfully.
Today, let’s strive to seek and find the will of God in our lives. Let’s search out what God wants us to be doing today in our business transactions, our family interactions, and our personal reflections. In everything we must seek and strive to put God’s will first and foremost, because that is what faith does.