We tend to spend a lot of time pondering where we are in our faith. This is important, we should be consistently comparing ourselves to Jesus, using His life as our measuring stick. This goal may seem futile to some of you, and honestly, it is. We will never have a life that is perfect like Jesus.
This begs the question then, why do we do it? Plain and simple, it’s grace. How do we get this gift of grace? By our saving faith in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)
By consistently comparing ourselves against Jesus, we can keep ourselves in the correct perspective. We can plainly see that what we are, what we have, is through grace we obtained by saving faith. We cannot boast at how much we have, how good we are at something, or how righteous we are.
What we have, who we are, is a gift from God. We were created to do good works, and we can, because of Jesus. There is no other source, what is good is of God, and we cannot boast about something we are not the authors of.
Here is the second major part, we are to walk in those good works. That is, our life should be dedicated to that work. It’s what we were created for, what this new life in Christ is all about.
Look to Christ, bask in His grace, understand where your good works come from, and choose to walk in them.