We are dependent on God’s grace for our salvation. Our need for grace, however, does not end there. It is just the beginning.
Salvation | Dependent on God’s Grace
Ephesians 2:8-9 is the go to passage to emphasize our dependence on God’s grace for salvation.
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, Emphasis mine.
- We recognize our desperate need for grace to be saved.
- We recognize we cannot work our way into being good enough for salvation.
Even though those statements are true, somehow in our daily lives we fall back to measuring our rightness with God based on our performance or works. Our need for grace does not end at salvation.
Living | Dependent on God’s Grace
Even in my own life as I work hard to surround myself with God’s Word… Even as I try to live according to God’s Word because I know it is pleasing to Him…
I often fail to recognize my ability to stand in God’s presence is not about what I have done, am doing, or will do, it is only by His grace.My ability to stand in God's presence is not about what I do, it is only by His grace.Click To Tweet
Regardless of our performance, we are always dependent on God’s grace, His undeserved favor to those who deserve His wrath. Some days we may be more acutely conscious of our sinfulness and hence more aware of our need of His grace, but there is never a day when we can stand before Him on our own two feet of performance, when we are worthy enough to deserve His blessing.
Bridges, Jerry. The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness (Kindle Locations 190-192). NavPress. Kindle Edition.
I desire to please God because:
- I understand how much he has done for me.
- I do not want to hurt or displease him.
- I believe his way is better than any way of my own.
- His Word teaches me to follow Him, putting aside the wrong and living the right.
Even so, I fail every day to please God, and every day I need His grace. By the same token, regardless of your belief and desire, you need God’s grace every day of your life. None of us are good enough without it.
Always | Dependent on God’s Grace
Jerry Bridges summarizes our dependence on God’s grace by stating:
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. - Jerry BridgesClick To Tweet Your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. - Jerry BridgesClick To Tweet
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.
Bridges, Jerry. The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness (Kindle Locations 205-207). NavPress. Kindle Edition.
I encourage you today to recognize you are dependent on God’s grace. Strive to do what is pleasing to him, but know his grace is always needed and always within reach.
Dependent on God’s Grace is a part of a weekly book discussion hosted by Jason Stasyszen of Connecting to Impact and Sarah Salter of Living Between the Lines. I encourage you to check out the other posts and join us as we discuss “The Discipline of Grace”.