The fact that God by His grace and mercy actually saves sinful people like us is stunning! When we receive Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God lavishes His grace and mercy on us (Eph. 1:8). In salvation God gives us a new nature: the Holy Spirit Himself takes up residence in us. The saving work of God in a person’s life is a stupendous reality, and this reality should be expressed in a person’s subsequent life. After salvation we live a life of good works to show the reality of what Christ has done in our lives (Eph. 2:8–10). Our good works cannot save us, but we do good works because we are saved (Titus 2:11–14).