Scripture is clear that salvation comes to us not by our own efforts but by the grace of God. In other words, there is nothing we can do to earn it, we don’t deserve it, but God chooses to give it as an undeserved gift.
It is equally true, however, that God has expectations as to the ‘results’ we are to achieve following salvation.
□ Read Ephesians 2:8-10. What are God’s expectations of us once we have received the precious gift of salvation from Him?
□ Read 2 Corinthians 5:7. What summary statement does Paul give in regards to the way the believer is supposed to live for the rest of his or her life?
□ Read 1 Peter 2:11-17. Answer the following:
What term does Paul use in verse 11 to describe the believer?
What does it mean to you to be considered an ’alien’ or ’stranger’ in this world? What would that look like?
□ In 1 Peter 2:11b-17, Peterl gives instructions as to how to be this alien, this stranger to the world. On a separate sheet of paper, list each of the instructions that are a part of living the life God desires from the saved.
□ Read Ephesians Chapter 5. As you read, watch for additional instructions for those who walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Add those from Ephesians Chapter 5 to the list of instructions you made from 1 Peter 2:11-17.
□ Read Ephesians Chapter 6. Add all the instructions from this Chapter to those from 1 Peter 2 and Ephesians 5.
□ After you have finished your list, write an appropriate title at the top of the page. Try to be creative in coming up with your title. If this is not your cup of tea, you might use something simple like, “Living the Godly Life” or “What God Expects of Me.”
□ Now study the list you made, considering each carefully and picturing how each would look if being lived out in your life. For example, Ephesians 6:1 instructs us to be imitators of God. What would be true about you if you were imitating God?
□ Consider each item on your list once again. This time mark those that you do not see in your life as much as you would like.
To some degree, we become what we think and we think about what we look at. Using your list, highlight the instructions from Paul and Peter that you marked as lacking or somewhat insufficient in your life. Keep this list before you and pray consistently about these highlighted instructions. Then trust God to help you grow in these areas.
Give Him all the praise and all the glory for the growth you expect to realize.