Journey to Jerusalem Day 31
Friday, March 19 Ephesians 2:1-10
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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.
God is at work on you! In these verses we read that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Elsewhere in scripture God describes himself as a potter and us the clay. He is at work, molding and shaping us into a vessel with a purpose.
Our purpose is to do the good works that he has prepared for us, to his praise and glory, but lest we fall into legalism, we must remember that we are vessels of grace. Yes, we are made for good works, but the testimony of the Holy Spirit in today’s reading is clear: we are not saved by our good works. No, salvation comes by God’s grace through faith. It is a gift and not the result of works.
Today, consider the nature of your salvation. Reflect on what it means that you have been created in Christ Jesus, to be made alive in him, though you were once dead in your sins. Marvel at the immeasurable riches of God’s grace toward you and think on this fact: it is only beginning.
God is still at work in you. You are his workmanship.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you are the God who saves us. You have freely offered us salvation in Jesus Christ by your grace, and we humbly receive this gift. Continue your work in us, that on the last day we may rejoice in your salvation with whole of your church and continue experience the immeasurable riches of your grace in kindness to us in your son, Jesus Christ, throughout all eternity, world without end. Amen.