Grace, faith and works – in that order

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1).

How are we to live a life worthy of our high calling?

Let’s go back from Ephesians 4:1, back to Ephesians 2:8-10.

There, we learn about grace, faith and works – in that order.

We begin with grace. We get to works, but we never begin there. We only get to works, when we travel by way of grace and faith.

Notice, also, that grace comes before faith. We don’t begin with our decision to trust Christ and receive salvation from him. We begin with the grace that has come to us in Christ, the grace that reaches us in Christ, the grace that changes us through the power of Christ, our Saviour.

A life worthy of our high calling – it never begins with us.

A life worthy of our high calling – it always begins with God.

Think of what he has done for you – “God showed his love in this – Christ died died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Think of what he is doing in us – “Christ lives in us” (Galatians 2:20).

Think of what he will do for us – “I will come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am, you may be also” (John 14:3).

Think of all these things – our salvation: past, present and future, and you will receive the strength that you need to live a life worthy of your high calling.

As you think of these things, remember to thank the Lord for his great salvation. We can only live a life worthy of our high calling when, by the grace of God, our hearts are filled with the attitude of gratitude.

One thought on “Grace, faith and works – in that order

  1. Thanks, cepcarol, Pondering … , Donald, Beholding Him Ministries, Child of God, Ryan, Shell-Shell and Ccoutreach, for liking these notes. God bless each of you.

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