Saved by grace, not by work

by Jul 8, 2024

3-Minute Reading

1. Many tasks are a trap if they prevent us from loving and serving God

Base Verse: Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

In this passage, we see Martha worried about the chores while Mary chooses to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to his Word. Martha was distracted by her tasks when she could have set them aside to be with Jesus. The Greek word used in Luke 10:40 is “perispaō,” which means “to be pulled away, distracted” or “to be mentally driven, over-occupied with a thing.” Matthew Henry writes: “Whatever care the providence of God casts upon us, we must not be encumbered with it nor take on anxious perplexity about it. Care is good, and duty; but carking [worry] is sin and folly. … Then she was cumbered with much serving, when she should have been with her sister, sitting at Christ’s feet, to hear his word. Observe, Worldly business is a snare to us when it hinders us from serving God and getting good to our souls.” —Matthew Henry, Commentary on Luke 10

2. God’s grace is an undeserved gift

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is an undeserved gift that God grants us through His infinite mercy. It is not something we can earn through our actions or merits but a gift we receive through faith in Jesus Christ. By understanding that our salvation does not depend on our works, we can rest in God’s grace and live a life of gratitude and obedience, knowing that He has already done everything for us.

3. God’s blessing upon us is the merit of Christ

This reminds us that God’s blessing in our lives is not earned through our efforts but is a gift we receive through Jesus Christ. He is the merit by which we are blessed and favored by God. By focusing on Christ and His redemptive work, we can experience the true peace and blessing He offers.

Ephesians 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.

Clearly, the Scripture here teaches us that in Christ, we have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing, and we do not depend on anything else to receive that blessing. There is also nothing we can do to earn God’s favor—no amount of effort or good conduct can win God’s favor. You must understand that He decided to love you even when you were a sinner and dead in your trespasses and sins. Therefore, God’s love is not earned, nor is it deserved; it is an undeserved gift.

Pastor Guillermo Ayala

Bible Verses:

  • Luke 10:38-40
  • Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Ephesians 1:3-5


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