It Is All a Gift!
by Sarah Travis on March 24th, 2016

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”
Ephesians 2:8 ESV

​For it is by GRACE…

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8 ESV

This is such a foundational verse to the Christian faith and a privilege to dive into with you today!

Unlike other letters Paul wrote, there does not appear to be any trigger to his writing or any issues within the Christian church which needed to be addressed. In writing to the church in Ephesus from under house arrest in Rome, it appears Paul simply wanted to communicate his welfare and encourage them in their faith {6:21-22}. It makes me consider--when was the last time I reached out just to encourage someone?

Ephesians is a beautiful portrayal of the Gospel message of salvation and an encouragement in Christian living. Paul leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind of the source of every blessing and from whom we have the source of life -- Jesus Christ.

In many Bibles Ephesians 2:1-10 is titled

“By Grace Through Faith”

Grace: charis: unmerited favor, kindness, a blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ.
Faith: pistis: belief, trust, confidence, a gift from God {Romans 12:3}.
Saved: sózó: healed, preserved, rescued, delivered out of danger and into safety.

These three incredible words have the same one crucial truth in common -- they are all a GIFT!

God gifts us the faith to believe and put our trust and confidence in Jesus Christ, whose death on the cross and resurrection from the grave is the only thing with the power to deliver us from danger into safety.

God gifted His Son to the world to take on the punishment for our sins, to rescue and heal us from our past, and preserve us for an eternity with Him in Heaven.
 

​It’s all a GIFT!


​It’s all because of the unmerited favor toward us of our Father in Heaven, gifting us with kindness and blessings from above. Why? Because He loves us! Just a couple of verses prior to our verse for today Paul says: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…” Ephesians 2:4 NASB. He chooses to gift us with grace and faith, and deliver us from danger into safety because He loves us.

It is a gift we are saved.

It is a gift we have faith.

It is a gift that our eyes are opened.


God chooses to gift us.

There is NOTHING we can DO to earn salvation.

There is NOTHING we can DO to earn gifts from God.


​We have been so blessed by friends who have boys and given us barely-used clothing and blankets for our baby coming in May. With baby showers in April, I know there are more gifts on the way. As his mother, I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown to us and our sweet baby. There is nothing I have done, and certainly nothing he has done since he’s not even born yet, to deserve these gifts. It is simply people who love us showering us with kindness and blessings.

My prayer is for our baby to grow up and recognize the gifts that have been bestowed upon him. Meanwhile, I will get out the thank you cards and stamps! Why? Because it is our natural response when we receive a gift. We take the time to give thanks. We want the gift-giver to feel loved and appreciated for what they did for us.

Do we stop to give thanks to God for His gift of grace?

Do we pass on the blessing of the gift of God’s grace?

As much as the gifts we are receiving are a huge blessing. The greatest gift we can receive and pass on to anyone in our lives is the gift of Jesus. Jesus will be the greatest gift we offer to our son with the hope and prayer that He too will believe and receive with faith and thanksgiving.

Who are you telling about the gift of God’s grace in your life?

​Blessings Soul Friends,
Today's blog is part of our #souldeep Scripture Reading series - #grace
 
      
​Sarah Travis is from Scotland, but immigrated to the U.S. in 2013 to marry Jason. She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world. “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV​

Connect with Sarah on her blog at: ​http://www.sarahtravis.org//


Posted in Soul Deep Scripture    Tagged with #grace, Ephesians, gift


3 Comments

Sarah Travis - March 24th, 2016 at 3:33 AM
Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts today Jana :) Ephesians 2:8 is one of my favorite Scriptures and, as with all of God's Word, is an honor to study and write about!
jANA - March 24th, 2016 at 8:03 PM
Thank you for sharing with us! I love your Bible teaching Sarah!
Marva | sunSPARKLEshine - March 25th, 2016 at 3:48 PM
Sarah, when I think about being thankful for God's grace, I think I have that part covered. But when I stop and ask myself if I'm extending that grace to others, well, there's a pause. I've done nothing to deserve God's gift, yet He gave it so willingly. I pray that I will imitate Him and freely share Christ with others and shower them with His grace.

Happy Easter!
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