Saved By Grace

It’s no secret that as Christians we are called to a high standard. Jesus  has commanded that we go and make disciples. We’re called to get to  know God better through reading and studying his word. We’re called  to hide his word in our hearts that we might not sin against him. God  wants us to strive to live holy lives that look more and more like Jesus every single day. He calls us to set an example for other people, to share  our faith with those around us, to make him #1 in our lives, to love our  neighbors as ourselves, and the list goes on. God calls us to strive to live  up to his high standards. 

But one very dangerous trap Christians often fall into is thinking that by living up to these expectations we somehow earn eternal life. Scripture  is clear that it is only by trusting in what Jesus did for us that we can find  eternal life. 

Paul says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “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.”  

We are saved by grace, not by anything that we do. Salvation is a free  gift for all who will accept it. When we place our faith in Jesus, we have  the promise of eternal life with him! We are justified before God be cause of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. That means the good works  we do are not an effort to earn salvation, but a response to God’s  decision to freely
give it!