Ephesians 2:1-10 NLT
If you tend to be hard on yourself, aware of all of your flaws and how much you mess up, then you most likely relate well to the first couple of verses in today's reading. At times we can all have this perspective, and when we do, we need to remember how God sees us. Paul seems to be reminding the church of that in verses 4-7, and it is not that we are so great but that God-loving grace is so amazing that it becomes our new identity through Jesus.
I once had a friend who, after returning from basic training for the military, said that he was worth a certain amount of dollars because that was how much money that the U.S. government had invested in him to become a soldier. Too often, we underestimate our value in the eyes of God. It is not that we are that special, but instead because of what God has done for us, we have much worth. With this value comes potential, the potential to do good deeds in response to the mercy we have received. We perform these deeds not to earn the gift of salvation but to show another person their value in God's eyes.
What is one good deed that you can do to show God's love to another person today?