Grace is a gift rarely accepted by people. What is grace, first of all? Grace is God’s unearned favor. Furthermore, it is presented by God to the human race as a free gift. In fact, I don’t want to sound too worldly when I say that grace is actually a get out of eternal jail-free card.
Grace is God’s way bestowing a Divine Pardon on all those who will accept it. And some who read this might wonder what we, as human beings, need a pardon for? It is simple; Sin. ‘S-I-N,’ it is rebellion against the righteousness and the holiness of God. It is missing the mark of holiness which is God’s standard for every being that He created. No one is exempt, neither man nor angel, from God’s standard because He is holy and righteous plus He is Judge of all creation.
Without getting into the long story of sin, I think most people are aware of the fact that they, at least in some small fashion, sin at least once a day, if not fifty times a day. We are all damaged by the sin nature that we inherited in our DNA. Not to mention the fact that God, as a Righteous Judge, must condemn us to judgment; and since He is eternal and everlasting, His judgment will be eternal and everlasting. This is no joke! Sin is a serious matter that Has to be dealt with.
Man’s Biggest Problem
The reason I suggest that grace is a gift rarely accepted is because it is an expensive gift, yet is still F-R-E-E. It cost God to have to sacrifice His only Son to save a rebellious people. In Isaiah 53:6 it says,
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”(KJV)
Not only that, it is expensive because of its value. It means we are made righteous by God although we have not even earned it. We don’t deserve it, yet if we receive it we are justified (made righteous) enabling us to rise to the high standard of righteousness that God has set.
Now do you see why grace is such an expensive gift? It is virtually invaluable in price.
Yet, we still have a dilemma.
People are too proud to accept God’s gift of grace for their sins. It is in human nature to try to earn righteous so that we can boast before God that, in essence, “I saved myself.” But listen and learn what the Bible teaches about the subject:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”(Ephesians 2:8, KJV). Then, the next verse sets us straight,
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.”(Ephesians 2:9, KJV)
Grace is a gift rarely accepted because people are almost brainwashed by tradition and religion to think that we must do something to earn something. And that is partly true.
We MUST BELIEVE AND CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS!
Once we accept that and try to get this ingrained into our thinking then, and only then, can we truly accept God’s free gift of grace. Let me leave you with a prophecy written 800 years before Christ Jesus was born. It is found in Isaiah 53:6-, it says speaking of Messiah,
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
(7)”He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
(8)”He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
(9)”And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”
(10)”Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
(11)”He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” (KJV) A-men