Ephesians 2:8-10 (JDV)
Ephesians 2:8 You see,1 you are saved by favor through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–
Ephesians 2:9 not from achievements,2 so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:10 You see, we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good achievements, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
what we were recreated for
A person can never achieve salvation by doing good things, but once a person is saved by God’s favor, the door is open for a host of good achievements. It is what we are recreated for. You have to be “in Christ” for those good achievements to happen.
So, if you are not in Christ, and you just hope you can do enough good things to balance out the bad things you know you’ve done, that will never happen. But if you are in Christ, you can expect good things to happen. You are created in Christ for good achievements.
Lord, thank you for extending your favor to save us. We commit ourselves to doing good things, in response to your favor. It is what we were recreated for.