by Kelly Robinson September 30, 2016

Back around 2005-2007 I had an idea to create a Christian clothing line called “Grace Thru Faith/Christian Couture.” As my pea-brain was trying to recall why I had chosen that name, I quickly rifled through my stack of papers searching for anything that I had saved from 9-10 years ago.  I came across a weary looking piece of legal sized paper with these words at the top of the page, 'Have an idea folder'. Yes! What a great idea! Wonder where that folder is today?!

Then I see that I started to write down why I had perhaps chosen this particular name with the words, “Ephesians 2:8-10—look at the footnotes.”  As I am looking back at the pink hi-lighted and multiple starred footnotes in my Bible, I read about how these verses explain that our salvation is a gift from God. We are saved through faith, not by our works, only by His grace and mercy.

Pause with me for a few moments to take in just how life-changing and awesome this gift is.  Grace = underserved favor.  (I despise the word ‘deserve.’ More on that in a future blog perhaps?)  God created us in His own image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).  And, shortly after He created humans, we messed up big time! Yes, ‘we’, not just Eve.   Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, in Paradise, yet, they weren’t satisfied or content.  And, I am guessing that you know the rest of the story.  I bring this up as a reminder that even though we royally messed up in the beginning, (and there is sooooo much more to the story after that, if you have not yet done a Bible-read-thru, I highly recommend doing that with a trusted fellow Christ-follower. This website, spreadinggoodness.org, is great for more information.) God had mercy on us and made a way for us (through Jesus dying on the cross) to repent and turn to Him and receive this priceless gift of salvation. 

Our pastor, Jeff Terrell at Harvest Bible Chapel KC (HarvestKC.org), recently spoke on how we are created. Ephesians 2:10 states that, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  “Created, to bring into existence something that is not. We were dead in our trespasses spiritually from conception" (Ephesians 2:1). Our saving faith is a settled conviction that leads to a transformed life. God said it, that settles it, I will live by it!  Amen to that statement!

Have you received the free gift of salvation? Would you like to? If you have already received this gift, how will you thank God for it? How will you utilize this gift?





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