On January 1, 2010 Quarterback, Tim Tebow, in great style, led the Florida Gator football team to a win over Cincinnati. True to his usual practice, Tebow had engraved below his eyes the address to some Bible verses. On this day he had chosen Ephesians 2:8-10 which states,
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
If anyone had looked up Ephesians 2:8-10 in their Bibles from watching that game they would have found that they emphasize that salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned. It can only be received by faith. The reason for this is that God is too holy to be impressed by our good works and we are too sinful to save ourselves by anything we do. So God condescended to our need. He sent His son Jesus to die on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin, to die in our place, so that we would not have to spend eternity in hell. This is truly good news. And it was to me the evening I accepted Jesus as my Savior. These verses had been placed before me and I believed and am confident of heaven, not because of what I have done, but what Jesus did for me. Verse 10 became more special to me as I realized that I was given eternal life for a purpose. That purpose was to do something for Christ because of what He had done for me. I realized that my life was to be lived as a thank you letter to God. Having received the gift I was now His workmanship. The good works that would not save me I could do with thanksgiving, not out of an attempt to earn something I never could. So in my first post it is only fitting that I pay tribute to a great Savior who gave me His best and frees me to perform for His good pleasure! That understanding from that day until now has been a driving force in my life.
I hope this makes sense. If you have just placed your faith in Christ or you are seeking Him, I would enjoy hearing from you.