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Ephesians Devotional—Week Two, Day Two (12/8/09)

Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— {9} not by works, so that no one can boast. {10} For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

What is it that has saved us? According to the text before us, it was the grace of God that did that.

How was this grace received? Again, the text tells us—it was through faith. We simply trusted in what God had promised to do for us through the gospel. He is the One that told us that Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross, and that believing in Him, we would have forgiveness of sins and receive eternal life. Because this salvation came through God’s grace and could only be received and never earned, there is no room for boasting. God did it, pure and simple. We did nothing but believe it.

Now we are God’s workmanship, the thing He made by His Divine creativity and artistry. He does not make junk … and like king David of old, the believer can rightly say that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).

Not only has He made us special, He has also made us for special purposes. He has engineered the believer for good works … works which He has prepared ahead of time … works that are ready and waiting for us to accomplish. It’s like a construction job site; the tools are all laid out, the lumber and supplies are ready, a set of plans is spread out on the table … all that is needed is for the carpenter to show up and find out his duties for the day, and then do them. So it is with the individual believer.

  1. Think about dead, works-based religion. What do you suppose the dead religionist thinks about Ephesians 2:8-9? Pray for opportunities to share the good news of free grace with someone today.
  2. Have you agreed with God’s estimation of your value as an individual that He has made? Read Psalm 139:1-18 to gain a better understand of how God views you.
  3. What are the good works that God has directed you to complete? Why not learn to make it your daily habit to ask God to show you what He has prepared in advance for you to do today.
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