Grace is a beautiful word. As used in the bible it refers to the unmerited favor believers receive from God. Sometimes we are led to believe that we deserve salvation. A little boy, whose dad was very proud of his religious abilities, was praying before he went to bed and asked, “Dear God, please talk to my dad. Sometimes he believes he is you.”
Grace means that we are given something we have not earned. The bible says, “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” (Eph 2:8-9).
It is a humbling thought that our salvation is dependent upon the work of another. Just to make sure we understand that point we are told, “And this is not your own doing; [it is] not a result of works.” God leaves no room for boasting expect in the person of Jesus Christ.
It is also a joyful thought that our salvation is dependent upon another. If we had to earn our own salvation we would always be plagued with the thoughts, “Have I made it? Have I done enough? Did I please God?” Grace takes the worry out of salvation. “For by grace you have been saved … it is a gift of God” Salvation is a gracious gift, given to us out of the depth of God’s love.
It is also a comforting thought that our salvation is dependent upon another. It is written “… you have been saved.” There is no room for doubt. There is no room for worry. There is only the comfort, peace, and joy that gives eternal confidence in the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Because of His sacrifice on our behalf, our salvation is complete. The result is that we are free to enjoy the eternal Sabbath rest found in Jesus.
Dear Lord, help us to enjoy and live out of the confidence you give through Jesus Christ. Thank you for the gift of salvation, Amen!