Putting it in very simple terms, there is no human reason that would move God to choose any of us for salvation or to be His children. That is the force of Ephesians 2:8; “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Paul pressed this point from another angle with the Corinthians; “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29, emphasis mine).
If none of the things make us worthy, including money, education, or social status, why did God choose us? Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us that “God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses (sins), made us alive together with Christ.” Titus 3:4 says that it was “the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior…according to His own mercy.”
These Scriptures remind us that we have nothing to boast in except the kindness and love of God. This truth alone should bend our hearts in worship and transform our living to be only for Him.
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