Today's devotion is from Ephesians 1:6
“To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
The Father has made us accepted in and through Christ Jesus.
In Romans 5:8-11, it says that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified [Just as if I never sinned] by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
The Father has made you acceptable through Jesus.
You do not make yourself acceptable through your own works.
Trying to make ourselves acceptable and trying to gain right-standing with God through our own efforts is a futile attempt.
The Father has already MADE us righteous in Christ, so our job is simply to humbly accept the grace given to us and to put our trust in the finished work of Jesus.
Many Christians believe that every time that they do something wrong that they lose their righteousness.
This is not true and only brings condemnation. The truth is that you were already made acceptable [Justified and made righteous] while you were a sinner, the minute you placed your faith in Jesus and got born again. And if then, now much more now, having been reconciled, are you saved [Made continually righteous] by His life.
What about our responsibility and our works?
Your works should be FRUITS of righteousness and not a self empowered effort to earn righteousness.
Once we accept the free gift of grace, justification and righteousness in Christ, once we start living and moving and having our being in Him, once we believe right, right living and righteous acts will begin to flow out of us effortlessly as FRUIT.
It will not be by our might, nor by our power, but by His ability power and might!
Instead of believing, “If I do everything right, I will be right with God,” we need to accept our free gift of righteousness in Christ and believe, “Because I have been made righteous in Christ, righteous works will flow out of my life, by grace as fruit.”
Father, I thank You that You have made me acceptable in Jesus and that I do not have to earn righteousness through my own efforts.
I accept the finished work of Jesus and I declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ.
Because I have been made acceptable, because I am righteous in Christ, my fruits are fruits of righteousness, mighty works of faith, and extraordinary miraculous deeds, by grace, through faith in Jesus.