It isn’t free.
It doesn’t mean you can live your life any way you want.
Grace comes with a heavy price and isn’t something we can accept and then go live our life our way.
There is a Price for Grace
Over two thousand years ago, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. For everyone who ever lived and those who would live in the future from that point in time.
You probably have read this verse before:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
It was an amazing thing that happened when God sent His only Son to die for you and me.
It was because every person who has ever lived on this earth had sinned.
When sin entered into this world in the Garden of Eden, the relationship that Adam and Eve had had with God was broken. As God had said in the first place, the price for disobedience was the penalty of death.
We were given grace when we didn’t have to pay the penalty for our deserved death.
When we accept Jesus into our life as our personal Savior, we receive unmeasured grace. In no way do we deserve this!
Changing the Meaning of Grace
I love the word grace because it has taken on such a deep meaning in my life.
First of all it reminds me of all that God did for me on the cross.
Second, I see how God gives grace in my life over and over.
He blesses me with His presence and comforts me in the hard experiences of my life. Not physical or material blessings but the grace He has given me to cope with the ‘hard’ in my life.
More and more, I am seeing people professing to be Christians using grace to mean something different.
Grace has become a license to do and live any way you want.
We have no righteousness in us. Godliness isn’t found in what we choose to wear or even what we do.
We can be in the church choir, be on church committees, and do all sorts of wonderful things in service to others and still be on our way to hell.
Our righteousness is like a pile of filthy rags. We just simply have no righteousness in us apart from Jesus Christ living in and through us.
But grace is being used as a reason we can do all sorts of things that would not be pleasing to God. I won’t list off things as I will leave that for the Holy Spirit to show you what that would be for your life.
People who have been godly all their lives are allowing things to return back into their life that they would never have done years ago once they got saved.
As a Christ-follower, we are to be a new creature.
We are to be constantly changing and growing more and more into the image of Who Jesus is. It is not because of anything in us but because He lives in us. Period.
Why You Desperately Need Grace
You desperately need grace.
The old-fashioned grace because Jesus died for you.
The cross-bearing grace because Jesus lives inside of you.
The grace that is like a mirror reflecting Jesus even though you might have a burden today too heavy to carry.
You desperately need grace because Jesus picked up your cares that you laid at the cross. Because you are free. Totally free and able to sing and smile despite your life.
Has this encouraged you to walk with graced imperfection today? I’d love to hear how you are doing just that or how you are going to step out with the grace of Jesus today.