The Path to Second
The Path of Service
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
In Acts 10 we read of a man named Cornelius. He was a soldier in the Roman army. He and his family were devout and God fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly, according to the scriptures. Even though he did a lot of good things, these good deeds were not going to save him from eternal destruction. He needed someone to show him where salvation truly comes from.
God was at work in Peter’s heart. Peter, being a devout Jew, would not have entered Cornelius’ house since Cornelius was a Roman “pagan.” God had to change Peter’s heart, purging the prejudice out of him so that God could use Peter to lead Cornelius to Christ.
Most of us would have been so impressed with this kind and generous Roman soldier. Surely God was saying “good enough.” This man was devout, generous, and prayed regularly. Surely God would honor his service that he gave so generously to his fellow man. Good works did not get him a ticket to heaven! However, God did honor his life by drawing Peter to his house so he could hear the true way of salvation.
It may feel good to us to do good works of service for God and people, but it will not provide our salvation. Jesus paid the price and we must accept Him. As our scripture reminds us, it’s not by works, so that no one can boast.
Father, forgive me if I ever act like I am worthy of the salvation that comes through Jesus only! Thank you for saving my soul! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.