You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. (Ephesians 2:1-10, NRSV)
We were not saved by anything we have done. This passage clearly states twice that we are saved by grace. By the gift of God. When we were dead in sin and far from God, we were lifted up out of the mire through the faithfulness of Jesus.
We are saved by grace, and that is the gift of God so none of us can boast that we did it.
But it doesn’t stop there, and just because we can not do anything to earn that grace does not mean there isn’t anything for us to do. Verse 10 clearly states that we were lifted out of the mire to do good works, works God had prepared for us in advance of the grace to show God’s love to the world.
So thank God you do not have to earn your salvation, but go into the world and share God’s love because of your salvation!