Ephesians 2:8-10 God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a gift for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
Salvation is an interesting concept. It’s not something we can ever earn by doing things or acts of service. Granted we do these things, but rather these are a by-product welling up from the grace we have received from God. We have been saved by this grace because God loves us. Let no one brag of their salvation because of any act they have performed. Let us instead brag of our Savior who bore all our shortcomings and sinful nature upon Himself so that we may have right standing before our creator. Each one of us were created in the likeness of God. He has created everything we see, but we are His masterpiece. Every artist works to create a masterpiece. Van Gogh, Picasso, and (if I knew anything about art I would name more). LOL The point is that just as an artist creates his latest piece to better those preceding, God created us in His own image knowing that we would be His masterpiece. Therefore we try to live for Him and do His will accomplishing the things He planned for us from the beginning. This does not mean predestination is how our lives are lived out. Just because God planned good things for us to do a long time ago does not mean that we carry them out. They are a choice and being human as we are, we don’t always do as God had planned for us. Following the plan naturally results in the best results. Problems arise when we think that we know best and therefore more that God. We become like a Van Gogh that comes off the page to tell the artist that it knows best what it should become and by Van Gogh allowing the painting to become what it thinks it should, even though he knows better. This is another great attribute of God. He gives us the choice to decide to follow His way, the best way, or to paint ourselves into a corner of our own masterpiece which will never become His masterpiece that He set out to complete from the beginning. Love you all. Bless God!!