Sometimes, I can be incredibly arrogant. I look at this unsaved world (especially my Jewish friends and family) and wonder how they could possibly miss His message. They must be so dumb to look at these same passages of Scripture I read daily and not see Christ throughout the Old Testament. If only they were intelligent, like me!
And then I realize that I'm the stupid one.Because my salvation has absolutely, positively nothing to do with my intelligence (or lack thereof), anything I have done, or even what I have done for Him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
It is one of the most basic and fundamental beliefs that I hold - of my faith. I did absolutely, positively nothing to earn God's favor, love, and protection. It's all Him. Any other thoughts on this are simply arrogance.
And as I was pondering the verses I opened this devotional with, I realized that denial of Paul's conclusion here is also boasting.
For if we can do nothing to earn God's love, why should we believe we can do anything to lose it?
the ultimate in arrogance.
That I, a "pot," can bring glory to the Potter without His help. That I can BE anything besides a useless lump of clay without Him.
So, I can look at these verses in Romans with new eyes. Not only are these things unable to separate me from His love, but they can't earn it for me either.
- the present
- the future
- any powers
- or anything else in creation
We're discussing this here, and at Living by Grace on Facebook. Won't you join us?
Scripture Stories: Timeless Truths