Day 1


BY grace

Read: Ephesians 2


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God . . .
Ephesians 2:8

The late Canadian evangelist Ern Baxter once said, “When Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ it was finished and you either take it finished or you don’t get it at all. We are constantly trying to improve what cannot be improved. Imagine someone unveiling a great work of art while everyone stands amazed at the beauty of the painting. But an amateur in the crowd grabs a brush and a daub of paint and approaches the painting saying, ‘I think he missed it here.’ The crowd shouts, ‘Keep your hands off that canvas.’ The masterpiece of the cross is a finished work and any attempt to add to it only destroys its power and effectiveness.”

Christ’s work on the cross is enough—a masterpiece of grace and love. It beautifully depicts both our helpless state and his unsolicited benevolence in a way that is both tragic and glorious at the same time. 

Stare at his masterpiece. The more we see the gospel for what it truly is, the deeper our response of reverence, gratefulness, wonder, and joy. It is impossible to encounter his workmanship and move from the experience unchanged.

What’s equally amazing is this same Divine Craftsman is at work on another masterpiece—you. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Will you let him work in and through you to produce what he envisioned for you, even before the creation of the world?


Pray to Understand Your Calling


I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers that . . . having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints . . .
Ephesians 1: 16, 18

Heavenly Father, thank you for opening the eyes of my heart so I may fully grasp the hope that is now mine in Christ. I understand that you have called me out of darkness into your marvelous light—you have called me to walk with you. May holiness and faithfulness mark my every step. Help me to remember that not only am I rich in you but that you see me as your prized inheritance.  May your light shine through my life in a way that brings honor to your name. Be glorified in all I think, say, and do. All this I pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.


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