“Good Works-ing” My Way to Heaven . . .

. . . ain’t gonna’ happen!

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.  10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:8-10

Any good works I do should be a result of  my thankfulness for my salvation purchased by the blood of my risen Savior, not in an attempt to buy salvation for myself.

13 Responses to “Good Works-ing” My Way to Heaven . . .

  1. Sam says:

    Verse 10, right after that, is one of my favorites in the whole Bible. Thanks, Sandy!

  2. Sandra says:

    Sam — Me too! I should have included it. I’ve changed it now.

  3. Linda says:

    It’s so simple and yet it goes against the American work ethic, doesn’t it? People in general, and Americans in particular, want to EARN their way. (At least they USED to.) In every other religion, people are striving to reach up to God. Christianity is the only one which recognizes that human effort can never be enough and that a Holy God knew that when He created us. So He initiated a plan whereby He would reach down to us, asking only that we would trust in His Son as the One Who paid the penalty for our sinfulness. Thanks for this reminder to kick off this beautiful Lord’s Day!

  4. Sandra says:

    Linda — Well said. Thank you, friend.

  5. ElleBee says:

    What a simple, yet profound post! I love that there is nothing I can do to “earn” His grace. Makes the desire to do things for Him all that more of a gift…and I LOVE to give gifts! 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    ElleBee — Amen.

  7. Schafner says:

    Also one of my favorite quotes of the bible. I love the straight-forwardness of the Word, and that we can take confidence in that.

    As for the comment “Any good works I do should be a result of my thankfulness for my salvation purchased by the blood of my risen Savior, not in an attempt to buy salvation for myself,” I might disagree, a little.

    Titus, in chapter 2 verse 12 (among many other versus), says that Grace of God is “instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (NASB).

    The gift of eternal life is free, but God calls us to do those good works to glorify him and be a mentor to unbelievers so that they may be drawn into His word and experience His gift of eternal life.

  8. Linda says:

    Schafner, I think you and Sandy are saying the same thing. Good works are not profitable for earning our way to heaven. But, once we place our trust in Christ for salvation and are born into the family of God, good works should just naturally follow, as we live out our lives in gratitude for the free gift of eternal life.

  9. I absolutely love this conversation. And it has inspired me…I had to think about it a moment, when was the last time I did something “in service” to someone else. Because I’m very sure my salvation doesn’t depend upon it but I could help someone else. I’m sure that’s what Jesus would want me to do.

    Maybe all of us can follow up by thinking of things we can do today to show our appreciation for salvation by being “in service” to others.

  10. Great post! In fact, it is the Featured Post of the day over at Worth a Thousand Words.

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you Josh and Linda for adding greatly to this post with your well-thought-out comments. Josh, Linda knows me very well, and she has described what I was thinking precisely. Thank you, Linda.

    Jen — Thank you for challenging us all to do renew our commitment to right-reason good works!

    Chris — Well, thank you! How soon will my new car arrive? You are the one who gives away a new car when you honor someone aren’t you? 🙂 Oh, okay. Thanks for the honor anyway!

  12. Dina says:

    This is such a great post and conversation. I love the reminder to be “in service” to others. I also love verse 10, especially the last phrase…”which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is an awesome reminder for any of us who doubt at times that we do indeed serve an important purpose in this life.

  13. Sandra says:

    Dina — Sometimes the “conversation” in the comments section is the best part of a post! I think this is one of those times. Thanks for contributing to it.

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