Ephesians 2:1-10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

What would you think of a marathon runner who, only fifty feet from the finish line, decided to stop running without completing the course? How much esteem would you attribute to a football player who stopped five yards from the end zone? In the world of sports, fans rarely applaud half-hearted efforts. Instead, crowds cheer for those who defy all obstacles in their pursuit of victory.

The Christian life is like a sporting event in many ways. For this reason, the apostle Paul referred to one’s spiritual life as a “race” five times throughout his epistles. This race takes preparation, determination, and diligence, and it requires completion.

Ephesians 2:1-10 lays out God’s plan for His children. First, God demonstrates amazing patience toward sinful people. Second, He extends His saving grace to those who seek Him. For many people, these two steps are all that matter.

However, the third part of God’s plan is just as vital. The third step is to accept the responsibility that comes with salvation. While salvation cannot be attained through good works, a godly change in character is essential to the Christian life.

Have you allowed the grace of God to change your outward behavior, or have you stopped short of God’s plan for your life? Pray for God’s strength as you strive to finish the race.

Lord, I don’t want to stop short of Your plan. Give me divine strength to finish my race in victory.

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