I don’t always get to do what I would like to do. I don’t always get to say what I would like to say. I don’t always get to have what I would like to have. But I am saved by grace through faith in Christ who is God and who is of God and that’s enough for me. In Christ, I am living a new life, eternal life, the life of God. Nothing that I could do or say could ever grant me this new life. This new life is God’s gift to me.
As soon as Christ died on the cross, I too died in Him. I stopped collecting the death paycheck at the office of sin. Christ died once and that was enough for me. Better yet, He rose again on the third day, and that taught me that death is not the end. My death in Christ is the beginning of my salvation. His resurrection is the completion because today, not I but he lives in me. Because God raised me up in Christ from the dead, He did not destroy me completely.
“As for me, I was dead in my transgressions and sins, in which I used to live when I followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. I also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of my flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, I was by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for me, God, who is rich in mercy, made me alive with Christ even when I was dead in transgressions—it is by grace I have been saved. And God raised me up with Christ and seated me with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to me in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace I have been saved, through faith—and this is not from myself, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that I cannot boast. For I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.” (Ephesians 2:1-10)
As said by Paul from his new heart and the new spirit he had received of God,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Amen.
If Paul, a former persecutor of Christians, had received that gift, you can bet your life on it that this gift is truly free. Like God did for Paul, He saved even me through Christ freely. Thank you Father. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Holy Spirit. Amen.