And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Followers of Christ were not always conscious of (or interested in) following Christ. In fact, before receiving the grace of God, our desires were to satisfy our flesh, and our actions were guided by our sinful, self-serving nature. In mercy, God has offered every person the gift of salvation. It has been made available to us by God’s grace, through faith. No one can work for it and no one can say that they earned their way into heaven. Once the gift is accepted, however, we are to do good works, follow the words of the Lord, and tell others about the gift of salvation that has been offered to us.