"It is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10
How true this is. There are so many people in this world wandering aimlessly looking for their "higher calling", their "purpose in life". If only they would fall to their knees and lift their heads up high they would receive the grace that He bestows on believers. God knew us before we were born, knows us after we die. Time does not move for Him the way it moves for us. He has prepared a life for us, a way that can bring glory to Him, because He is the only one that deserves it. Given even half the chance to do things right in life, we most assuredly boast in ourselves. And why? Why would we be able to do anything on our own? He is the author of life, breathed into man with His own breath. Yet we take the glory from Him and put it in ourselves, in science, in preposterous beliefs like "evolution", the "big bang". How ridiculous that man came from a glob of goo yet no one asks enough, where in the world did their supposed goo come from? Matter, dark matter? No, not only is it ridiculous it is an utter lie, created by the deceiver. You think man came up with such an absurd idea by himself? Absolutely not. Man was manipulated by the ultimate liar just as He was in the garden. God created us each, knowing who would and would not come to Him, yet loving us all the same. He doesn't boast as we do, doesn't demand the respect that He deserves. He freely gives us grace, grace that we are not worthy of.
I thank you Dear Lord, for the grace that you have so generously given and I pray that the hardened hearts of so many will be softened so that your kingdom can expand!