4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
God has worked, is working and will work in our lives. Out of His grace He has made us alive with Jesus. He is Holy and we are not but He has reconciled us to Himself through the sacrifice of Jesus. We access that reconciliation through our obedience. We are obedient, because we have faith in our Father and Elder Brother. That is our part. God is doing His part and we are to do ours in faith. We cannot earn our salvation through our work but we are reconciled through our purposeful heart full of faith that what all God has said is true and that He has, can and will continue to save us. God’s part is the heavy lifting…our part is faith. But why?
God loves us and wants to work in our lives for our salvation and for our relationship with Him. The result is a spiritually saved and alive person existing in a physical reality in which we reflect His work…we are His workmanship. We have been created in Christ Jesus through God’s salvation so that we would do His work…His good works. We are saved to serve and Almighty Abba Father and serve others so they might know Him.
God has and is bestowing His grace upon us and we are saved in Christ Jesus because of it.
We believe He has saved us through our unyielding faith in Him and what He says.
God’s work and our faith provides us an opportunity to serve while we have breath here on this earth and then to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21) and we enter into our eternal rest with our eternal God in Heaven.