What we have been taught most of our lives is in order to receive results, we must take action. For example, in order to lose weight we must eat healthy and exercise. In order to gain that promotion at work, we must excel at our current job and go above and beyond the normal call of duty. This has been engraved in our brains since childhood – in order to get that good grade on our report card we must work hard.
The funny thing about grace is it isn’t like that. There is nothing that can be done to earn grace. I can’t make a “Christian checklist” and go through and check my boxes and say, “Yep, I earned grace today!” Grace is a gift from God that we could never earn. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Grace may be free to us, but it was paid with a price. The price of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us, for our sins and wrongdoing. Grace was paid with a price.
I sometimes have a hard time truly accepting the grace God has given me. I beat myself up over my past sin and think I can “make up for it” by being a good person now. So I make up my Christian checklist: Go to church, pray, go to Bible Study, read The Word, be nice to others. But I know that isn’t how grace works – because I will still mess up. Because I already did mess up. Because I’m imperfect.
If I could have earned it, then the Israelites could have too – but they couldn’t. If I could have earned it, then it wouldn’t be a gift from God – and it is. If I could have earned it, Jesus would have never had to die – and He did, for us.
If we really want our faith to flourish, not only do we have to do the things that grow us closer to God, but we have to accept His grace. We have to accept that we are sinners, we make mistakes, and there is nothing we could do to earn our way to Heaven. Because of God’s love, the price was already paid with Jesus. There is only one way: Jesus. Jesus was perfect, because we couldn’t be. Jesus was sacrificed, so we could be redeemed.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
Friend, if you haven’t so already, give in to grace. It’s God’s gift to you – no matter where you have been or what you have done. You are worth so much to Him. I’m giving in to grace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for Your grace. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to pay the price, so we could have that amazing grace. Help me not take that gift for granted and to live my life to glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Discussion: If you feel compelled, share what God’s grace means to you.
Memory Verse: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8.
This post was a part of a series for the month of March called Developing a Faith that Flourishes. To read more posts in the series, click here. For the month of April we will be focusing on our emotions in our new series: Evolving Emotionally.
I am linking up this week at Intentional Tuesday!