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)
Some of my most vivid memories from childhood came when I played football. I was so excited when I finally got the chance to suit up in junior high to play tackle football. Before the season began, I had to make sure I had all of the right equipment. I had to get cleats, shoulder pads, helmet, and a mouth guard. Each piece of equipment was important for success and protection as I played football.
In a lot of ways, suiting up to play football is similar to suiting up as believers. As followers of Jesus, the Bible describes how we are always in the midst of a spiritual battle. We are fighting against unseen forces every day to further the Kingdom of God and push back against the enemy. If we want to be successful in this battle, it is important that we suit up. To suit up effectively, we have to understand where we fit on God’s team. We must understand that we are only a part of God’s family by His grace and mercy.
In Ephesians 2:8-9, 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. These verses make it clear that we are only able to be followers of God by grace. We have done nothing to earn a spot in His family. In fact, the only thing we are capable of doing is sinning. The only way to be forgiven of our sin is to have an encounter with Jesus Christ. Once we acknowledge this truth, we begin to gain a better understanding of who we are in Christ.
I pray that you don’t take for granted the grace of God. Remember, you would not have a relationship with God if He had not extended His grace to you.