Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 5.8.21

By May 8, 2021Daily Bread

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

Ephesians 2:1-10
Common English Bible
Saved from sin to life

At one time you were like a dead person because of the things you did wrong and your offenses against God. You used to live like people of this world. You followed the rule of a destructive spiritual power. This is the spirit of disobedience to God’s will that is now at work in persons whose lives are characterized by disobedience. At one time you were like those persons. All of you used to do whatever felt good and whatever you thought you wanted so that you were children headed for punishment just like everyone else.

4-5 However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.

You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith.[a] This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. 10 Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

The Common English Bible translates verse 8 as “You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith.” There’s a footnote that says, “Or through his faithfulness.” The footnote is a better translation. The Greek word “faith” can be translated as “faithfulness” and the Greek doesn’t modify that noun with the pronoun “your.” The emphasis is on the faithfulness of God, made clear by the following sentences:  “This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things.”

At the heart of it all is the faithfulness of God and when we follow Jesus, then we are — to use Paul’s words “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17), “created in Christ Jesus to do good things.”

I invite you today to embrace the gift of God’s amazing grace and God’s faithfulness. I invite you to think about how God has created you to do good things and how God has planned for these good things to be the way that you live your life.

Remember, you are God’s accomplishment! (Ephesians 2:10)

And meditate on the descriptions of God and God’s actions in these few verses:

God is rich in mercy.

God brought us to life with Christ

God has great love for us.

We are saved by God’s grace!

There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “Grace Greater Than Our Sin”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul.

Marvellous grace of our loving Lord
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt

Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin

Marvellous, infinite, matchless grace
Freely bestowed on all who believe
You that are longing to see His face
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God’s grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Here’s more about this passage of scripture via Upper Room devotionals:

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