Psalm Ephesians 2:8-10

And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

Grace—first, last and always

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

I spend hours pouring over other devotions and prayers on these verses. I pulled out all my different Bibles and books trying my best to understand exactly what this verse was saying to me. No matter what I read or noted I continued to struggle.  

I so wanted to do a good job and be proud of myself. I didn’t want others to think poorly of me. I kept thinking, how could I help with just one daily devotion?  I think I’m a good person. I think I’m a good Christian, and I have a deep faith, so why not? 

But then ‘I’ crept back in, and I would again doubt I could make this devotion a perfect daily read.

As I was walking to another room, it hit me.  ‘I’ was so obsessed with me doing a good job, ‘I’ so wanted others to be proud of me, ‘I’ so wanted this to be perfect.  ‘I’ got in the way and completely missed what this verse was saying: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result of works.” 

Paul tells us that God gave us his most precious gift of grace through Jesus Christ, freely, to help us live the life he wants us to have, not the life we think we deserve.

Grace doesn’t keep score, grace has no time limit, grace has no trophies, grace is forever eternal, grace is about having a life with God. Grace grows us into more of who God planned us to be. Grace is God’s gift, saving us with no strings attached no matter how perfect we think should be or aspire to be.

When I went back to check my work I had unknowingly typed god job instead of good job. To me, this was God’s voice reminding me again to step back and allow him to take control.

God’s grace is always with me even when I try to take over.

— Helen Maxon


Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your most precious gift of grace through your son Jesus Christ. Help us to always step back and allow you to share with us your immeasurable riches you have prepared for us.

To ponder:  Am I doing the work or is God?  Am I listening when God speaks to me?  How can I open my heart to allow God to love me as he desires?