“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
During staff devotions, teacher Delia shared about what she had heard from a priest in Ruhango on Sunday. He told a story of a bird that during a severe drought will allow itself to die so that its babies can eat its dead body and live.
Delia went on to share how God’s grace allowed Jesus (God Himself) to die for us so that we to can live! I was so moved by her gospel.
God’s grace comes to us new and fresh every day. Our response to what Jesus did on the cross is the “good works” that are an important part of our lives. It’s easy to get those things turned around. We begin to think we are working our way to God’s grace.
That our behavior somehow earns God’s salvation. The fact is that we cannot add one iota to what Jesus did on the cross. Period.
We can’t even respond to God without His Spirit enabling us to do so. Surrendering is really all we can muster. Giving up on our own power and allowing God to have our lives.
As a missionary in Rwanda each day seems to be an exercise of realizing how little of a role I play in salvation. Just when I begin to “boast” in my great accomplishments something happens that sizes me down and reminds me of my dependence on God.
Each day is a practice of surrendering to my flesh and allowing God’s grace to shine.