I am God’s workmanship, saved only by His grace, not by my works.
Ephesians 2:4-10 (NASB)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised up with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NLT)
Once you were dead doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passions and the desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else.
What a great and powerful promise we have as a pure gift from God that is being fulfilled in each of us this very day. We have God’s mercy and His grace, that no matter how hard we try, we cannot earn it or even deserve it. God has not only removed us from the enemy camp, we are still in the world, but we are no longer of the world. God is working in us to help us shed our old self and take on the new He has given us.
This great gift is free to us by faith and faith alone. All we have to do to walk in this new identity we have been given is to let go of who the world has taught us and told us we are. This is so easy to say yet is a constant vigilant battle within us. The lie the world wants us to believe is that accepting God’s authority for our life will cause us to live a shallow and dull existence. The exact opposite is true. By letting go of who we think we are from the worlds perspective we will learn a new way that leads to life.
This life is far from a boring existence. It is a life lived perfectly in Christ. This does not mean we have a dot or a line we have to be on. What this means is that we can now live life to the fullest, to the best of our ability and abundantly. When we accept the authority of God in our life, believing that His guidance for how to live life the best we possibly can is really in our best interest, life becomes exciting and rich with the possibilities. God is right there with us helping us, teaching us and enabling us all along the way.