“[God,] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:9-10)
It is not because of our works. It is because of God’s unmerited favor. This simple truth does make all the difference. But we are not to look at our transgressions and then think that we can do nothing. God frees us from the rat-race of sin so that we can live life as He has always intended that it be lived. Come then and live into the life God has given you in grace that you may now and always be free.
The Lord has come to you with the promise which gives hope so that you may live into the image for which you have been created. What shall be has been revealed so that those who believe may know the purpose for which they have been created. Come then and live into the life which is already yours through grace in the hope of Jesus Christ. Be led by the Holy Spirit and not by the spirit of this age.
Lord Jesus, You have given the words of eternal life. In You is all hope and an eternal future. Come, Lord, and lead me so that, in You, I may be guided in the hope You have given me through grace. Let Your grace so fill my heart that the spirit of this age would have no hold on me. Guide me, Lord, in all goodness in order that I may live the Gospel throughout this life You have given me. Amen.