God’s Grace is No Excuse

by Lee Buford on March 23, 2011

God’s love, grace, and sovereignty are more abundant than we could ever grasp. Our scope is limited, while His scale is infinite.

As Christians we should constantly be reminded of His grace and mercy. We must preach the gospel daily, even to ourselves, noting that it’s not just “good news” for those living apart from Christ, but rather it is the lifeblood by which we live our daily lives. You and I need the gospel more today than we ever have, but we sometimes seem to get a bit complacent. We miss parts of the gospel, its purpose, and its daily application for our own souls and those of the people around us.

We forget what the gospel is…and, even worse, we forget what it’s not.

The gospel is not a winning lottery ticket. It’s not a goal to accomplish or an objective to achieve. It’s not a box to check off on your bucket list. No, the Christian life only begins at the point of salvation. We are then accountable to act in accordance with our faith…to properly respond to God’s grace in word and deed.

God’s grace does not excuse us from:

Praying
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9) – not if, but when you pray, as I’ve commanded you to (my words)

Pray without ceasing, (1 Thes. 5:17)

Loving
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)

Serving
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)

Sharing the gospel
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

If you ever feel like you’ve “arrived”, just know that you haven’t. If you ever feel like you’ve “got it”, just know that there’s more. Our being saved by God’s grace requires a proper response, and the proper response is to follow Him in all that He has commanded.

It’s not an excuse to be or do less. It’s quite the opposite.

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