Do you take the Lord for granted? Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Many Christians today just assume that because salvation is free to us it must not have cost too much. I appreciate my salvation, and am constantly changing my thinking on what the worth is that I am saved.
Ephesians does teach salvation through grace and faith. There is no question that this is the way to Jesus and salvation. However Ephesians has another verse following those two. Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Many believers agree to the grace part, but not works part. While we do know that salvation is only by grace, God himself prepared these works and expected us to walk in them. How can that be? I believe that we should be so thankful for the salvation we have received that no one could stop us from doing everything we can for a savior that loves us that much.
We need to do the things Jesus did and left us a pattern to do. 1Peter 2:21, "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." If we follow his steps we will be doing a lot of good works. Not to receive salvation, but because we have received salvation.
We see many today in the church that are so consumed with the world and its attractions that do not show any signs of gratefulness to Christ for what he has done. Lazy believers who watch TV but never pray, who buy all kinds of the latest toys but never give to others, who read everything under the sun but never read the Bible, who have many different things they love but never love their neighbors as themselves.
In Matthew chapter 25:31-46, Jesus talks about two groups of people he described as sheep and goats. The one group did feed the hungry and give the thirsty drink, and clothe the naked, visit those in prison. He described these actions being done as being done to Jesus Himself. And the other group did not do these things. And he described them as not doing them to again Jesus Himself. Matthew 25:46, "and these will go into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
It is clear then that we should be responding to His love for us that we love one another. John 13:35, "by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." I don't know about you, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.