Daily Devotion on Ephesians 2:4-10

Devotion Text: Ephesians 2:4-10

We all like to “fix” things.

The DIY culture we live in tells us that anything can be fixed with a little elbow grease or, if you lack life skills, with a little bit of extra money. Any problem or inconvenience can be solved with those two things–effort or money–and when things aren’t THAT easy, we get frustrated and throw more effort or more money at it.

So, when confronted with the biggest problem in the world, sin, we often think we can fix it ourselves.

We delude ourselves into thinking we’re better than we actually are. We try to ignore the rot and depravity in our own lives or compare it to others hoping that slightly better is good enough. We buy self-help books to repair the damages of sin or plunge into the depths of all the toys we can buy, hoping to soothe our guilt by forgetting our problems.

But, we can’t fix sin. No amount of “good works” or “do-it-yourself” attitude can help us. So God chose a different way to save us. We have to do nothing.

When Christ said, “It is finished,” he meant the payment for salvation was entirely complete. He chose us so we don’t have to choose him. He fully complied with God’s law because we couldn’t. He died so we don’t have to.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, thank you for your gracious gift of salvation. Forgive me for all of the times I foolishly think my own good works could help me. Strengthen my faith that I may always depend on you for all I need. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on March 13, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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