Quit Trying to Save Yourself
"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)
God says that he will give you his grace. But what is grace? It's when God gives you what you need, not what you deserve. Grace is when God says, "I'm going to take your problem and make it my problem." Grace is God's riches given to you at Christ's expense.
The Bible says, "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). In other words, you can't earn your way to Heaven. You can't work your way in. It's just a gift.
Did you know that's why we give gifts at Christmas? Because that's when God gave the gift of his Son to you - by grace. We give gifts because God gave us the greatest gift at Christmas.
You probably can't tell by looking at me today, but for three years I was a lifeguard. And every lifeguard knows you can't save someone as long as he is trying to save himself. If somebody is drowning and flailing around in panic, a lifeguard knows to just stay back for a few seconds and wait until he gives up. Because if you try to save him while he's trying to save himself, he will pull you under, too.
When he finally gives up and relaxes, you put your arm around him and just swim back to shore. It's really quite easy.
Jesus Christ wants to save you from your hurts, your habits, and your hang-ups. He wants to save you for his purpose and by his grace. But you've got to quit trying to do it yourself. You've got to relax. You need to let go and let God be God.
Talk It Over
- In what ways do you try to save yourself or make your life matter?
- What are the things that you boast about? How do they reflect God's grace in your life?
- What is it that you really deserve instead of God's grace?