But God. Two words that change everything. Circumstances, heartbreak, discouragement, and anxiety about the future might destroy us — But God.
Rich in mercy
With great love
Through immeasurable grace
Saved us, made us alive, and situated us in the heavenly places with Christ.
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.
This gift changes our perspective on the hard times and alters our motives for continuing in our work while we journey through this life. Humans tend to work for things that they think will bring personal satisfaction: power, influence, success, renown, legacy, and good deeds. These things aren’t necessarily bad in and of themselves, but they cannot satisfy.
When we work within the gift of His grace, our motives aligned with His will, then we find an eternal purpose to the work we do. We have peace, joy, and hope that satisfies better than anything we do on our own (Romans 5:1-5).