Receiving Something You Don't Deserve
If you have accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, you have been saved by grace! But what exactly does that mean?
Being saved by grace means that we have received a gift from God that we do not deserve. God gives us his favor, his love, his son...despite the fact that we have done nothing to earn it.
God sent his son to pay for our sins through his death on a cross…EVEN though we are sinners who have done nothing for God. God freely gives GRACE to us out of His love for us.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
And now that we have received His Grace – we are made right with God. We can have a relationship with him. And we can look forward to eternal life in heaven with him.
Sometimes people refer to this acronym for Grace:
We are the recipients of all the goodness of God through Christ's death.
This amazing grace has been sung about for centuries by millions of people.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
Why Would God Give Us His Grace?
God knows we are sinners. He knows we mess up. He wants us to live obedient lives but knows that we will never be able to do that on our own. Even so, He still wants a relationship with us.
So, Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died a sacrificial death on a cross. All we need to do is believe that is the truth and confess it and we will be “washed clean” by Jesus’ blood. When God, the Father, looks at anyone who believes in Jesus, His son, He sees them as forgiven and pure, and they can be in relationship with Him.
What Does Grace Look Like?
Picture this: You are standing before a judge who has a huge list of all the crimes you have committed that are punishable by death. However, there is someone in the crowd who promises to take your punishment of death, and you will be given their clean slate. That results in getting something you don’t deserve. And that is what Jesus did for you. But just as you would need to
ACCEPT the clean slate in court which you didn’t earn, you need to believe in and receive this same gift from Jesus.
Accepting God's gift of grace is the best decision you can ever make!
Jesus! What a Beautiful Name!
One more song for you today. It's all about the beautiful name of Jesus because he made a way for us to be in relationship with God. As the song says:
You didn't want heaven without us
So, Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now.