Not By Works
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
Life cannot be purchased or earned, and neither can salvation. Some people work hard to live long lives. Much money is spent in an effort to sustain youth and maintain health. Then there are those who tirelessly work at being seen as good people in order to ensure a trip to Heaven. According to God's Word, this is not the order of things and we sometimes get it twisted. It is God who breathes life into us and He created us to do good works when He did. When we give God the glory for all He has done for us, then we have something to brag about. Eternal life and salvation are gifts from God. We are to show our appreciation to God for His grace in providing for our salvation because we cannot save ourselves. And our willingness to be all God has created us to be is the way to everlasting life.