Faith and Faithfulness

One of the questions that I am as a pastor is asked, and one of the questions that we are Christians can think through is this?

What does it take to be a Christian? How does one start? Where does one start?

But then from there, what does the Christian life look like? So, we say that we are a Christian, what should that Christian life look like?

We see today in Ephesians 2:8-10, Paul talk about this.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

He says this about the start of salvation – we are saved by grace through faith. This is not by our own doing, by anything that we can possible do.

We don’t earn our salvation. Our salvation is not about us “doing” anything right. We can’t earn it.

We simply by grace through faith accept it. God has done a great work in Christ Jesus. And that belief in faith in Jesus brings forth salvation. And new life.

Ok, so we are saved by grace through faith. Then what? What is the Christian life look like?

We see it next – we are created in Christ for good works, that are prepared for us.

So salvation starts with faith, and then that faith leads us to faithfulness.

We don’t earn it. It’s a gift.

And that gift changes us. That gift of faith changes our lives our heart our plans our hopes.

So today, know that this gift is yours. It’s God’s gift to you through faith. We don’t need to spend our life trying to earn it, we just need to accept it.

You are loved. Really. You are. Accept it. Let that love and salvation sink in.

And let that grace sink in. And let it change you. Be faithful in the faith that Jesus has given you.

We are saved by grace. But that grace changes us. Today, live in faith.

And let that lead you to faithfulness.

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