“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
These verses are some of the very first that I memorized as a young Christian. In fact, these verses are some of the most-quoted verses in Christian life. These verses are beautiful. Their message is powerful. Our application of these verses seems to be falling short more and more every day.
Somewhere along the way, a sense of entitlement seems to have taken Christianity captive. It seems we are more interested in making the world more about “us,” and less about Him. In my opinion, the arrogant spirit running amuck has very little to do with the message behind these verses. In fact, the attitude that the world owes us something and must do things our way because we are Christians or because we are American is not only selfish, it is totally against what Christ taught. He taught grace; not greed. He taught humility; not power.
We seem to forget that it’s the grace of God that saved us. It has nothing to do with our nationality or socioeconomic status. It has nothing to do with the color of our skin, the way we vote, or how good we think we are compared to others. Grace is about God; not us. Because of God’s grace, an effort to establish a relationship with fallen man was set into motion. Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can come before the throne of God asking for forgiveness and spiritual salvation. It has more to do with His generosity than it does our goodness.
God’s gift of acceptance and salvation cost Jesus Christ His life. It might be time that we start acknowledging His gift instead of our continuing to write our personal wish lists.