Chosen by Grace
Read Psalm 119:105–144; Romans 11:1–36
Often the Christian faith is characterized by what believers do. Actions become the litmus test of salvation or spirituality. Tradition leads Christians to adopt a very works-oriented mentality that is unhealthy and unhelpful.
As children, Junior Bible Quiz students are taught the following: “Christians do not do good works or obey God’s commands to be saved. Because we are saved, Christians do good works to show their love for God.” This sums it up perfectly. Salvation is not based on the things a person does or doesn’t do. It’s all about grace.
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace (Romans 11:5–6).
Our choice to obey God’s commands isn’t what saves us. It is what we do to thank God for saving us—that is why we are created in Christ Jesus.
Thought for Today: Grace is God’s power to save us and keep us close to Him.
Quicklook: Romans 11:1–6