For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9
So, how excited was I to open my letter from Kim with my assigned verse to find this one?!? Although I have had many ‘favorite’ Bible verses and passages over the years, they seem to change as I do, having some relevance to a particular situation or time in my life. But this passage in particular always seems to be a constant. Ever-present in the top two or three, no matter the changes of life.
I think it’s because in his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul has so concisely and succinctly summarized one of the greatest tenets of our faith as Christians: that we have done nothing to earn it; in fact we have done everything not to deserve it, and yet God sees to it that grace is given to us simply through our faith! Wow. I can think of few greater gifts than that of the Grace of God (which I don’t deserve, have not earned, and can never claim as my own in any way). God’s Grace is something that I often find myself thinking about when I consider how blessed (and lucky!) we are as Christians to be the recipients of such love from our Heavenly Father.
During these forty days of Lent, often somber in tone and appearance, there remains some light and some hope. I encourage each of us to seek these during our Lenten journeys. Take a few minutes to enjoy the sunshine, appreciate friendship, embrace happiness, and feel God’s Grace. They’re all gifts and they are meant just for us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you especially today for the gift of grace. We know that we have all been saved, not of our own accord, but only as a precious gift from you.
Please help each of us to see and appreciate the true meaning and breadth of this and all of your gracious gifts. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.