By Michael Youssef, Ph D. June 25, 2020
There is only one basis on which any human being may receive God’s grace: the death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. If Jesus had not obediently chosen to die upon the cross during that moment of decision in the Garden of Gethsemane, there would be no grace for anyone. We all would be dead in our sins.
The grace of God is His goodness toward us—goodness that is infinitely beyond what we truly deserve. His grace is made possible only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God’s grace is inexhaustible—but it is not infinite. In other words, there is no depth of sin which His grace cannot cover, but it will not go on forever. For those not in Christ, one day it will cease. When the grace of God comes to an end, judgment will take place.
Our God is an infinite and eternal God. He has no beginning and no end. But one day, there will be an end to His invitation to salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. So while the opportunity still stands, let each of us accept it with gratitude. Let’s revel in it, enjoy it, and thank God for it—but let us never take grace for granted or treat it as mere permissiveness or tolerance of sin.
Have you accepted God’s grace? If so, are you grateful for it or do you take it for granted? Never forget the price that was paid for that special grace.
Prayer: Forgive me for the times I’ve taken Your grace lightly and assumed You would ignore my sin. Thank You for sending Your Son to pay for my sin. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17).