GRACE AND WORKS

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12 NKJV

A recurrent pattern among those who acknowledge the existence of God and Christ but reject the idea of eternal security is seen even among some Christians. They live their lives in the hope that all their good deeds will at the very least cause God to feel sorry for them at the end of time and grant them eternal life.

However, the truth is we are not saved by works, but saved to work. This distinction is much more than mere semantics—it is the very fabric of truth about our salvation! We are told from Scripture that salvation is a gift from God, not something we worked for, and we receive it through faith. (Ephesians 2:8–9). 

In verse 10 of Ephesians 2, Apostle Paul goes on to say that we are God’s workmanship; created to do good works. This means that Jesus died for us so that we can live for Him! Having established that fact, let us go further to our conduct as Christians, and what “living for Christ” looks like.

The first point is that your salvation must be evident in your conduct. There should be a clear contrast between who you are now and who you were before you believed. 

As is written in 1 Peter 2:9-11, you were called out of darkness and into God’s light. Therefore it is important that you live like someone who has indeed been delivered. Show the results of your salvation! Thankfully, the power to achieve this has been abundantly supplied to us. (Philippians 2:12-13)

The next point to note about our conduct as Christians is that we represent God on this earth. The world views Him through us, and so our lives ought to reflect the very nature of this God we serve. We must be kind, peaceful, loving, and gracious. 

Above all, we must preach the gospel! 2 Corinthians 5:20 makes us understand that, as God’s representatives, we are obligated to do so. Therefore, while you can preach with your lifestyle, you must endeavor to tell it with your mouth. 

Our response to the great grace that God has shown us is to live for Him, and not for ourselves. (2 Corinthians 5:15)

Today and beyond, let your actions and choices reflect the life and love of Jesus Christ. 

Bible Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 15-17

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