For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not 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, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV
No one can work for their salvation; it is an unearned gift from God. God does not grade on the curve; His is a pass-fail course. In His perfect justice He has said that all ‘fail’ because of sin. But the Good News is that all can ‘pass’ through belief in Jesus as their Savior.
Though we can’t earn our salvation by doing good deeds, God does expect believers to do good. These good works are the result of our gratefulness for all He has done, not a seeking to earn His favor for our salvation. By doing good works, believers bring honor and glory to God.
- We are saved by the grace of God, not by doing good deeds. What is said in the following passages about salvation and good works? — Galatians 2:15-16; Ephesians 2:8-10
- God desires all believers to do good to others. What is said about believers doing good works in the following passages? — Matthew 5:16; Hebrews 13:16; 1 Peter 2:12
Questions to ponder: What good work does God want you to do today?
Passages for further reflection: Acts 10:38; James 2:17-18