“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.” — Ephesians 2:8-9
In Christ Alone
We’ve talked to hundreds of athletes on our Sports Spectrum Podcast and the biggest struggle each of these players has is identity — being known for what they do and allowing that to become who they are.
Athletes are constantly striving and working and achieving. Coaches evaluate these players by what they are able to do, and if they aren’t satisfied, they move on and send the players packing. It can be a brutal cycle for those playing baseball or football to not get caught up in the identification of them as successes or failures in the eyes of others.
But thankfully, as followers of Christ, our identity is clearly not in our works, or what we can accomplish, or the job that we hold, or even how perfect our marriages or families are. Our identity is found in Jesus Christ, the One who came to this earth, fully God, fully man, and died for you and I.
Paul says it beautifully in Ephesians that this is not by anything we’ve done, but only by God’s grace through faith that we’ve been redeemed by Christ.
Rest in that today as you go forth with your day. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
— Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum Podcast host
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