Applying Your Gift of Grace [Ephesians 2:8 Daily Devotional]
The Apostle Paul is trying to set the church in Ephesus straight with this verse. People then, just like now, believed that they had to work their way into salvation. However, that all changed when Jesus died for us on the cross. Now, instead of working our way to salvation and worrying about abiding by the Jewish law, we are now freely forgiven. That’s a gift from God, not something we have to earn; it’s just something we need to accept.
Applying Your Gift of Grace
While you don’t have to do anything to earn your salvation, it goes without saying that things should change when you give your life to Jesus. The old you is gone, and the new you is here to stay in Jesus.
The new you should be more interested in serving others than getting yourself ahead. When Jesus died on the cross for you, he also crucified selfishness with it. Jesus lived a selfless life, so you should also live a selfless life.
The new you should be more interested in giving than receiving. This isn’t just a Christmas platitude, but rather, it’s a powerful truth. Jesus gave you everything he had in order to give you (and me) the grace you didn’t deserve. Because Jesus was generous, you should also live a generous life.
If any of this was easy, everyone would do it. Though it may not be easy, it’s worth living life as Jesus lived his.
Jesus, thank you for your generous sacrifice. Help me to use the freedom you’ve given me through the cross to serve others and be generous. Break the hold the selfishness and money have on my life so I can live freely in your grace. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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