Faith is a gift from GodBy BY GARY ANDREWS GARY@GADEVOTIONALS.COM,
In today’s society many will find people saying that they do good things and good works so they can please God and be accepted into His glory. This is all well and good; however, good works alone do not get you to heaven.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus explains God’s great goals for the church and proceeds to show the steps toward their fulfillment. Some will take verse 10 of chapter 2 literally and spend their time on workmanship or doing good works, thinking this is the way to eternity and a life with Christ in His heavenly home.
Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. It is a gift from God and nothing we can earn or build by doing good works. Through God’s amazing grace and your acceptance of Him in your heart is the way to eternal salvation. This is clearly stated in Ephesians 2:8-10 which says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
Doing good works is something that you want to do after you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You accept Him by faith and work for Him because of your renewed heart and desire to please the Master.
Through good works some say this is an outward expression of an inward decision. Good actions will allow you to show that your Christian values are in place and that the old sin nature of the past is gone. This allows others to see Jesus’ grace in you because of His kindness, unmerited favor and forgiving love. After your conversion experience you will want others to know that you are saved. Your salvation will show to the ages to come and to those around you in the present that the incomparable riches of God’s grace is expressed through Christ Jesus.
Continue doing your good works but do this in the full knowledge that salvation is a gift from God and accepting the gift, which is Jesus Christ, is the only way to eternal life