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August 1

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

My mind is elsewhere this morning. (Ever been there?) I received a text late last night asking me to pray this morning at the S-OCS teacher’s breakfast. WOW! I consider that an honor. I was asked, they said, because of my involvement with the school and both teachers and students know me. I was stunned. I do what I do at the school-read to the K classes, lead the church to pray for a new educator each week, attend games-not for recognition, but for the sheer joy of it. No ulterior motive. So my mind is on the prayer. It also says something about a school district that would open a teacher’s breakfast with prayer.

But something has been niggling at me in the back of my mind. So many people think salvation is earned initially, and even continued by what we do. How much good can I do or do I need/have to do to be saved? How much good can I or do I need/have to do to stay saved?

The answer to all of that is very simple and wrapped in a simple statement:

Salvation is not based on what I do or have done; salvation is based on what Christ has done for me.

That is true at the moment of salvation; it is true on a daily basis as we try to “live out” our salvation; and it will be true in the end. To put it another way: I have been saved by grace; I am now being saved by grace; and I will ultimately be saved by grace.

No works can save you-past, present, or future. All we do should come out of us as a result of our salvation. Did you know that? Do you have that reassurance?