Word: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8,9
Thought: We ought to do good and we will do good, if we have the love of God, but forcing the flesh to do good does not provide salvation – that is what unbelievers try to do as well. If you are saved, you will automatically do the good work which the Lord has kept in store for you. Then what does it take to be saved? Suddenly in a crowd someone asks would you like to be saved today, we still doubtfully raise our hands at times – let us be clear on the word of God on this. To be saved is a gift of God to everyone who believes (have faith) in Him (He died as an atonement for my sin), which we receive through the grace by the blood of Christ – It is not something we can attain or anyone else can give or buy on your behalf. Salvation can be only through absolute faith in the Lord and should given to us from God and we should receive it directly. If we truly have faith in the Lord, we will love Him and follow His commandments and do the good work and that should be nothing we boast of, but if we are not doing good deeds and not following His commandments we need to truly think – do I really believe in Him in my heart of just mentioned it because you were asked to. The Lord sees the heart and soul of faith and not the mouth which utters faith verse (repeating what someone said) alone. It should be the outward expression of the inward realization and not an outward one alone. Today, if you are not able to have Faith in your heart – re examine yourself and commit to the Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help to to increase my Faith, that I might be saved and let me understand that it is your gift that you have freely given to me which is priceless. Amen.