I hate to be redundant, but grace is just that important to me. I depend on God’s grace every day. Just about the time I think I have a handle on this thing called life, I prove myself wrong again. What amazes me, is that God is right there waiting to give me a hand up.
I’m afraid that if I got “what I deserve”, I might be in big trouble. Instead, through God’s wonderful grace, I get all I need. The peace and love that can only come from a relationship with Jesus. Where would you be if you really got “what you deserve”? Grace, grace, God’s grace.
In His light,
You Don’t Always Get What You Deserve
By Rick Warren
“Whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10a TLB)
If you’ve grown up in the U.S., you’ve probably heard all of these statements before:
If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
We make money the old-fashioned way — we earn it.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
There is no gain without pain.
God helps those who help themselves.
Everything about the American way of life teaches you that you get what you earn in life. We value work, sweat, effort, and performance. It’s called the American work ethic.
Overall, I like such a strong work ethic. God wants us to work at our jobs as if we are working for him. But God never relates to us based on our performance. The Bible tells us that everything God does in our lives — every blessing we have, every gift we receive — comes through his grace.
In other words, he gives us what we don’t deserve.
You say, “What a minute! I’ve worked for everything I have! I’ve put sweat equity into it.” But the truth is, if God hadn’t given you the energy and the brains to work, you wouldn’t have any of it. Every breath you have is a gift from God. He doesn’t owe you the next breath you take. It’s purely a gift from him.
We’re saved by grace. God blesses us by grace. God teaches us by grace. God uses us by grace. God takes us to Heaven by grace.
The Bible is very clear that everything we have we get by the grace of God: “Whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me” (1 Corinthians 15:10a TLB).
You need God’s power in your life. You need his principles to live by. You need his plan to operate upon. You need his purpose to live for.
But you can’t earn any of that. Though you and I deserve much worse, we get all of these things by grace. They are a gift.