Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
This week we’re focusing on our calling or our ultimate purpose in life. Our calling is based on our identity. It’s based on who we are in Christ and how God uniquely designed us. The word that’s typically rendered “church” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word “ekklesia.” That word literally means “called-out ones.” The church is called-out for God’s purposes. You have been called-out for God’s purposes. Today’s passage gives us another snapshot of our position in Christ and what God has for us.
Main Passage: Ephesians 2.4-10
What’s Paul talking about right before verse 10? What does verse 10 indicate that God prepared for you?
Why is verse 10 meaningful if you’re insecure or overly confident?
Thank God for using you to do his work. What are you praying God will do in you as a result of this study about your calling?
In Ephesians 2:4-10, Paul is talking about how it is by grace we are saved. Not by works. The moral standard we live by is God’s. Not our own and not the world’s. As Christ followers we are saved by the grace of God and no matter what we do for His kingdom, we are going to heaven. Keep in mind that you will be rewarded for what you do, however this does not affect your salvation.