Day Four: Grace

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) 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.

“Sometimes our greatest threat is not from what others do to us but what we do to ourselves… I was eager to quiet comments about my age and fitness by leading in whatever way I could. If people expected me to serve for forty hours a week, I’d serve fifty… It didn’t take long for a case of burnout to reveal that much of what I thought was proof of my dedication and leadership was actually a case of pride and fear – fear of letting people down, of not being who I thought others expected me to be, of not being enough. In short, I was afraid to acknowledge the limitation of being human.” [Maria Kane, The Upper Room: Daily Devotions, p.321]

How can our own work sometimes get in the way of God’s grace?

Have you ever tried to make up for or worked harder to cover up past regrets or limitations?

Today, let go of being driven by the past but let God’s grace fill you as you worship to “Gracefully Broken” by Matt Redman. (Click Here)

Prayer: Lord, I am your handiwork, ‘created in Christ Jesus to do good works.’ Continue to open my heart, ears and eyes to your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.