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Ephesians 2:1-10 Gifts that Keeps on Giving

on November 25, 2012

I’ve noticed that there are generally two responses to overwhelmingly great gifts.  One is an “I don’t deserve this” guilt response and the other is abundant joy and gratitude.  Last Christmas after 17 years with our same Magnavox TV–we named her Maggie–our friends gave us a generous gift card to Best Buy to purchase our first flat screen, light weight, current century TV.  Which reaction do you think is more favorable for the giver to see?  How often do we think about the supernaturally generous gifts that God has offered to us?

WE WERE dead in our sins, living only for ourselves in the passions of our flesh and desires of our bodies and minds; BUT GOD sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  He is offering us a free gift of salvation.  He longs for us to experience the riches of His mercy and great love and the immeasurable riches of His grace and kindness.

Is that my view of God?  Have I spent time thinking on His mercy, love, grace and kindness lately?

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this in not your own doing; IT IS A GIFT OF GOD, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

His grace AND our faith are the requirements for salvation and both are gifts from Him.  Did you catch that?  Our faith to believe comes from God. We cannot boast in our faith or in our works.  We boast only in the Lord because we bring nothing to the “salvation table.” No works will save us, nor any belief that we muster up on our own.  If that were the case, we could save ourselves and Jesus would never have had to die!  We would never experience His mercy, love, grace and kindness.

Grace and faith are just two of the gifts; God also gives us purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  

Good works do not lead to God and Heaven; but salvation by grace alone and through faith alone leads us to do good works.  Apart from God there is no “good;” there is only self! In Jesus Christ we have a bigger purpose. He created good works for us to do!

Am I walking in my purpose? Do I get up each morning seeking to do what God pre-planned for my life?

God’s overwhelming gifts to us are grace, mercy, love, kindness, salvation, and faith.  When we “open” those gifts do we respond rightly–with gratitude and joy?  Or do we scoff at and reject the gifts?  We can bless God in our response to His generous gifts.

One response to “Ephesians 2:1-10 Gifts that Keeps on Giving

  1. Shelly says:

    What a beautiful reminder to be thankful and joyful of all that we are and all that we have because All of it comes from God’s grace to us.

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