Not Earned, Not Deserved by Renee Fisher

Not Earned, Not Deserved
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

— Ephesians 2:8-9

Salvation is a free gift. We have the pleasure of spending eternity in heaven with Jesus if we accept this gift. However, what are some things we do to try to earn our way into heaven? Sometimes we think if we just go to church, Jesus will let us into heaven, right? Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a barn will make you a cow.

Another false belief is that we can earn our way into heaven by being good and doing good to others. How many good acts is enough? Jesus set the standard that we cannot earn a place in heaven. What is a gift then?

For the sake of illustration, let’s say it’s your birthday.Your friend comes to your house and gives you a gift. You tak ...

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