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It’s All About Grace
Everything about the American way of life teaches that we get what we earn, that there are no free rides or lunches, and that we lie in the bed of our own making. This is because America is all about hard work and elbow grease. America promotes that we get what we deserve, and that if we want to make something of our lives, then it is up to us, or “If it’s meant to be it’s up to me.”
This is the American work ethic. If we want to get ahead, we’re going to have to work for it. And although there’s nothing wrong with this sort of work ethic, the problem we should have with it is that God doesn’t operate in accordance to this ethic when it comes to salvation. And this work ethic has made it difficult for people to understand and come into a saving relationship with God, because we ‘ve come to believe that we have to earn our way to heaven.
King David was one person who understood the full extent of God’s grace.
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.” (Psalm 145:8 NKJV)
Grace is a part of God’s nature. That’s why it’s important to understand His grace, because the more we understand God’s grace, the more we’ll be drawn to God and love Him for it.
There are Christians who say, however, they know God’s grace, but unfortunately, they are living in an alternate reality. While they were saved by God’s grace, they are trying to earn God’s approval by the way they live; something Paul told the Christians in Galatia was foolish.
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3 NKJV)
Since it’s by grace that we have been saved, it is therefore by this saving grace that we are to continue to live out our lives as Christians.
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