God's Mercy: Week 2 - Devotion 1

“For 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 

Read Ephesians 2:8-10. We accept salvation through the gift of God's mercy. It is the best gift we can ever receive. The best part about this gift is that it's not our birthday or anniversary—it's merely because of His love for us. We get it backward when we think that good works can earn us favor with God, instead of realizing that we are motivated by the gift of salvation to good works.

We are the benefactors of this incredible gift, not because of anything we’ve done, but because of who we are. God tells us that we are His workmanship. We are His special creation. You are someone that He has a deep interest in, someone that has value to Him. It’s easy to get down on yourself. We can feel so small and unimportant in comparison to God that we can forget that He sees us as important. So important, in fact, that He was willing to give His own Son for us. 

Think about this:

  • What’s the difference between attempting to do good works to earn salvation vs. being motivated to do good works because of salvation?

  • How does it make you feel to know that God finds value in you as His special creation?

Emily Traylor