Wednesday 2.15.12

We can be the nicest the person in the world.  We can donate all our time to charities, feed the hungry, serve on every committee at church but none of this will get you in heaven if you haven’t been saved.  In Ephesians it says, For it is by grace you have been saved.  What does that mean?  It is by the grace of God that he sent his only begotten Son to die for you.  If you don’t accept him into you heart and live your life according to his Word, it is the gift of God—not by works.  We cannot boast about all the good things we do if we are not doing them through Christ.  God’s Son, Jesus is our gift.  We say Jesus is the reason for the season at Christmas.  But, should we not celebrate his birth, death, and resurrection more than on a designated holiday?  You can walk around and act like nobody ever does anything for you.  But you are wrong, because Christ died for you.  You just have to accept the gift.  It is not forced, he wants you to come to him.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:6

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