"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10
I am so thankful for God's grace! It is BECAUSE of God's great grace that I am saved. I haven't and can't earn it. I certainly don't or ever will deserve it. Grace is God's gift to me. But it is God's grace that also drives me to do good works for His glory. I don't work to earn or increase God's grace in my life. His grace is all-sufficient...for salvation and for works for a lifetime. I choose to be a part of good works BECAUSE of grace that I already have. As a matter of fact, Ephesians 3:10 says that God prepared good works for me in advance. I am God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus. If you are working yourself crazy trying to earn or increase God's grace in your life, STOP! You don't have to do that. You can't do that. Know that you are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus. Know that God's grace that saves you is the same grace that will lead you to complete good works for God's glory. Instead of depending on what you can do for God to bring you joy and peace and grace, begin depending on God's grace in you to bring you joy and peace. God doesn't accept us based on what we have done or ever will do; God accepts us based on what Christ has done on the cross and through His resurrection! That is grace...grace that saves and grace that works!