No Bragging Zone

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:1-10

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Bird Houses | Dogwood Canyon Nature Park | Missouri | October 2019

Hubris. It’s a word rich in meaning. It is excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods. If you have excessive pride toward the gods, imagine how you must feel toward other mere mortals? It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true,they say. I’m not certain about that, but I am certain that there is no truth in the idea that we can earn God’s favor, or that we stand on our own two feet before him.

We’ve been saved. That means we were in trouble. That means we needed help. That means someone had to come to our rescue.

It’s not like the game is on the line and we’re up by 3 runs. The closer comes in and “saves” the game. No. It’s the bottom of the ninth. Two outs. Two strikes. Last game of the World Series. You’re down 5 to 0. The closer is at his best. You’re blind and have no bat. Worse yet, this game is life and death.

Someone else steps in. You are rescued. You don’t brag about striking out in the bottom of the 9th. You don’t brag about being needy and helpless. You don’t brag about having to rely totally on the grace and kindness of others.

Neither should we brag about our status as having been saved. We’ve been rescued. The rescuer gets the glory, not the ransomed.

That calls for humility toward God and one another. There are no super-saints. There are no people who are more saved than others. There are none who can take the judgment seat of God. There are none who can call God into account.

Being saved places us in a place of humility. We have nothing to brag about. When we talk about our salvation we should indeed be like one beggar telling another where to find bread. So we feast together on the grace of God, delighting in his mercy and salvation.

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