As Christ Followers, it is very important that we understand clearly where grace and good works fit into our walk with God.
There is a role for both, but we mustn’t confuse one with the other.
We Are Saved By Grace
Look at what the Apostle Paul tells us:
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 NIV
He makes it plain that Salvation is a gift. End of story. There are no caveats or small print. There is nothing you have to do to earn it.
The Bible clearly tells us, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)
God’s plan to rescue us is not complicated or burdensome. He’s reaching out a hand to pull anyone that wants it to safety through His grace.
So, where do good works fit into the picture?
Where Good Works Enter the Picture
Imagine a rescuer just pulled you out of raging flood waters that were sweeping you helplessly away to your demise.
Wouldn’t you feel a debt of gratitude?
That’s what our good works are. We are thanking God for his free gift of rescuing us.
However, it is more than just the polite thing to do.
By doing good works, we are fulfilling our God-given destiny. Look at this:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God has a plan for your life. He rescues you, His masterpiece, so you can live that plan.
Any Questions or Thoughts About This?
I feel very blessed that I’ve always had a pretty clear understanding of grace versus good works. I was fortunate enough to have some great pastors that made this all plain to me early on in my life as a Christ Follower.
However, I know this is not the case for everyone. Do you have questions or concerns about the role of grace versus good works in your life?
Again, I think it is imperative that we sort this out so we can be at peace about it.
If you have questions or concerns, please let me know and I’ll be happy to talk it over with you. You can leave a comment on this article or use my contact form to initiate a private discussion.