Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1. 3-6)
The majority of the religious world feels their acts earn them the blessings of God. They feel they earn the blessings of God of their own free will, making God a debtor who must reward them for their righteousness. When in actuality we are all debtors because we are all sinners and because God’s word tells us “…We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities , like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64.6).”
God does not have us work for his blessings. God does not give rewards for our obedience, nor does he set a definite time-table for salvation. Instead, good works and obedience reveals the will of God . Good works and obedience is the evidence and the fruits of a true living faith. The children of God merely reveal their gratitude by glorifying God who has saved them by His grace, by encouraging the brethren, and by their profession of the gospel.