“I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God , “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!” – Ezekiel 36:32
If indeed you have been saved by God’s grace, why did He do it?
Through Ezekiel, God told the people of Israel that He was going to save them. He also told them that He was not going to act for their sake. His actions would not be tied to their obedience or holiness, because they were neither obedient nor holy. God would act in their favor because of His grace, wholly for the sake of His name.
Christians sin. They don’t want to sin, but they do so anyway. The Apostle Paul spoke of his own personal dissonance in his letter to the church at Rome (Romans 7:14-25). Thankfully, we are not forgiven because of our obedience. Rather, we are forgiven because of Christ’s obedience on the Cross.
Therefore, saved by God’s grace, how must you live? The true Christian knows the value of the gift he has received and always seeks to live a life of humble gratefulness before the Redeemer.
It is the grace of God, that shows and condemns the sin that humbles us. – Adam Clarke
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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