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4-5 However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! 6 And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. 7 God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.
8 You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. 9 It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.
When the apostle Paul preached the good news in Ephesus, many people’s priorities and ways of life changed profoundly (cf. Acts 19:17-20). It was important for them to see clearly that this was not just the result of their own initiative, strength or willpower. They were God’s accomplishment (Greek poema), living out the kind of life God desired them to live. Paul, as passionate a preacher of God’s saving grace as ever lived, wrote that after we accept that grace, we do not live the same old way, but as people “created in Christ Jesus to do good things.” Our good deeds do not earn God’s favor—they grow in our lives as a result of God’s gracious favor.
Lord Jesus, I want to be your accomplishment, to be an example of what your spiritual craftsmanship can do in a human being. Please keep shaping and guiding me in all I do. Amen.
“Self-esteem cannot be relied upon when it is contingent on being a ‘success.’ It is a psychological rent that you can never stop paying. The second you notice signs that you might be less than, your brand yourself as not enough. So, you keep running on a hamster wheel of success, driven by a scarcity mindset, and the fear of being inadequate.” *
In this book, Dr. Smith explains the trouble with self-esteem, the concept that believing in oneself, one can do anything and make a success of themselves. In this mindset, our worth is based on our accomplishments. What happens when there is a failure, a fallow season, or a setback?
Paul’s words are such an encouragement because he reminds us that following Christ gives us an alternative. Our worth is in being a child of God, a recipient of grace, a vessel of His spirit.
But Paul’s words also challenge because we love to take credit for all we do well. Deep down we might fear what happens if for some reason our success dries up. To that fear, we can be reassured that any good we produce was simply God’s power working through us in the first place. You might question whether or not you can do anything you set your mind to. But please don’t question what the Almighty Creator might do through you.
* Dr. Julie Smith, Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before (p. 167).
* From the United Methodist Book of Discipline at https://www.umc.org/en/content/the-general-rules-of-the-methodist-church.