Mood: Inspired. Perhaps even manically so. (Mwahahaha)
I’m here today to talk about about grace. So . . . Grace is very important to salvation. Check out this verse from Ephesians:
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9 NIV84)
There’s a reason I’m very precise about language when I talk about faith. People always ask me “Are you saved?” Well, yes, everyone is saved. Object lesson! Everyone needs water. Imagine that a person is locked in a room with only a working sink and a drain. The twist? They just ate a bag full of extra salty tortilla chips. You are the person, chips are sin (ironic right?), and the water is salvation. The sink represents the way you’ve been given the Gospel. Now, you can accept or reject the water from the sink, and at first you may reject it. But as time goes on, you get more and more thirsty. Hours turn to days. Then you get one last glance at the sink: do you want to drink the water or die? There’s nothing wrong with the water.
Such as it is with faith. You cause your own downfall, and salvation is always yours for the taking. And trust me, everyone needs salvation. The human mind is so fickle! Steadiness brings balance to our otherwise insane lives. Comfort gives sureness to the unstable soul. And in the end, it all comes down to grace from God. After all, all He gives us is an act of His undying love and grace. God certainly has the right to call His eternal condemnation upon all creation, but chooses not to out of His grace.
Peace be with you. And grow in God’s grace.
Spiritually thirsting for more? Try a bottle of Romans 3:20-24.