Have you ever wondered how it could be that easy? I’m talking about our salvation. These verses should be impressed upon our hearts every day to realize it’s not about what we do. We can never do more to “earn” our salvation. That’s hard for us to understand because in this world those who get ahead have worked hard.
God has given us a gift. It’s not a tangible gift with ribbons that we open. It’s certainly not a gift we deserve. It is truly amazing, just like the old familiar hymn suggests. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.”
When I was a kid, I believed I didn’t have an athletic bone in my body. I watched my friends excel at sports, but I was happy to cheer them on. I was even a bit jealous when they’d win trophies, rewards for their efforts. I suppose that’s why I was so thrilled to receive a blue ribbon for playing piano at a musical festival! Each year I worked so hard on my musical selection so I could earn another blue ribbon.
Have you worked hard for some sort of earthly reward, too? You know the desire to achieve, the hard work it takes, and all of that. When it comes to our salvation, doesn’t it feel amazing to know we don’t have to work at it? Our salvation is “not a reward for the good things we have done.” That takes so much pressure off, doesn’t it?
Have you ever thought of yourself as a work of art? With the increased popularity of NFTs in our world today, art is being digitized for eternity. We, on the other hand, are being prepared specially by God for God. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Doesn’t the mere thought of that humble you and exhilarate you all at the same time?
As the hymn continues, “The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.” That amazing grace indeed!
My favorite worship leader of all time is Chris Tomlin (as you may already know). He added a beautiful chorus to this beloved hymn. Let these words wash over you and speak to you heart. “My chains are gone I’ve been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me. And like a flood, His mercy rains, unending love, amazing grace.”
Take some time today to reflect on this gift of grace you have been given. How are you going to respond? Remember, too, that you are a work of art, fashioned perfectly by God. What are the good things you will be doing that God planned for you long ago? Don’t rush past these reasons to celebrate and be grateful.
Let’s pray. Father, I believe without a doubt that you love me and have special plans for me. Thank you so much for the grace and mercy you so freely give. Help me never to take that for granted but treasure the gift with my whole heart. Thank you for breaking my chains and setting me free. In Jesus’ name. Amen.