Idols Closer to Home

Idols Closer to Home

by Jim Wallis May 1979

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- not because of works, lest anyone should boast. --Ephesians 2:8-9

Grace is the logic of a loving God. There is nothing we can do to earn it, win it, or deserve it. Grace is simply a gift, not a reward. We can receive it only by faith, not through good works. As familiar as that is to us, we have great difficulty coming to terms with the meaning and reality of grace. We seem to find innumerable ways to deny the grace that is the free gift of God's love to us. Either we abuse it and make grace self-serving, or we dismiss its reality altogether by acting to establish our own righteousness. In twisting God's purposes to suit our own or in striving to justify ourselves through our own efforts, we have, in fact, denied the grace of God. In so doing, we have denied ourselves the ability to simply rest in that grace, to be changed and used by God's love.

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Our Voices Raised

Our Voices Raised

Prayer is a vital part in our efforts to see change in the world. Through prayer, we place our faith in the unfailing character of God, who is full of justice and grace.

  • Prayer brings our hearts closer to the heart of God, especially as it concerns the impoverished. God’s grace inspires us to strive for justice when we pray.
  • Prayer sustains us as we seek to overcome the injustice of the world that is sometimes so big it paralyzes us.
  • Prayer empowers us to be agents of social change.
  • Prayer reminds us that real people, beloved children of God, are behind every staggering statistic.
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Grace, Faith and Good Works

Grace, Faith and Good Works - A Biblical Reflection

By Rev Pax Tan
7 May 2014

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2: 8 - 10)
It is wonderful to be saved from our sins, to be forgiven and to have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3: 16)

Then what? What are we saved for? Just to have eternal life?! Is God's kingdom in a far-away place somewhere over the rainbow? What about now on this earth, where you and I are stuck to, held by gravity? What are we supposed to do after receiving this grace of God, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?