Oil and water can’t mix and neither can grace and works. To put Romans 11:6 in Southern vernacular, a person does not do a cotton-pickin’ thing to get saved. He’s not shaking or baking, turning or burning, trying or frying—he’s not doing anything on his own. Instead, he accepts the gift Christ offered on the cross of Calvary. Christ paid the price so we don’t have to.

When we understand the truth of our salvation and the fact that we can’t do works to get saved or keep us saved, then we can live a victorious Christian life. We can understand that grace is given to us by God. We live by grace. We learn how to submit to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe—not for salvation, but because of salvation. Why don’t you consider memorizing the following verses about your salvation? That way you can tell others about the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5

A person can’t do a cotton-pickin’ thing to get saved. – Dr. James A. Scudder

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder