Grace is a free Gift from God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
It is completeley utterly free!
Grace may be a gift, that is free from any hint of working for it, but it is not free from Good Works. Don’t let anyone convince you that the Reformation idea of salvation nullifies Good Works. It’s important to note that Good Works must be seen in their proper place!
As we see in the Ephesians, after going on about the gift of Grace, Paul then turns to remind folks that our new creation, our regeneration, our new birth leads to Good works;
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)
God has always intended that His people should walk in holiness, and pour our their lives in doing good for one another and outsiders. This is part of his plan! He prepared these Good Works beforehand! Like Grace, God has already put everything in place ready for you as a believer to dive headfirst into!
As Reformation Christians, sometimes we can harp on about the Gospel so much that we forget some of it’s outcomes, namely that the love of God poured into us must spill out onto those around us in Good Works.
Don’t use grace as an excuse to say “oh, I don’t want to earn my salvation”, rather grace drives you to work for God. Dive in head first! Use your spiritual gifts! Never grow weary of serving one another in love!
We must value good works, remembering they arise out of grace. Good works are necessary for the Christian, just not to make us right with God. Only Jesus can do that.
Without Grace our Good works are just filthy nappies, yet Grace Alone will put us in a place to do Good Works that are pleasing to God.