We say it, we want it, we are to give it, and some of you have an Aunt by its name. Grace. Our most loved hymn of all time is entitled, “Amazing Grace.” There is a beautiful song that has been out for several months, “This Is Amazing Grace.” You may be able to think of a few more.
The number of books, songs, sermons, and thoughts on grace could never be counted. With all that has been said and sung about grace we should be reminded that there is one thing we should never do with grace. Take it for granted. That would defeat the very definition of grace – The unearned, undeserved favor of God that has been lavished on us through Jesus. It we take grace for granted then we feel we deserve it. Yet, the words deserve and grace doesn’t add up.
D.L. Moody’s book Sovereign Grace reminds me of this. In the first chapter Moody pens the following words:
The first promise to fallen man was a promise of grace. God never promised Adam anything when He put him in Eden. God never entered into a covenant with him as He did with Abraham, God told him, “ but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.“ Genesis 2:17; but when this came to pass then God came and gave him a gracious promise. He dealt in grace with him. As he left the Garden of Eden he could say to Eve, “Well, God does love us, though He has driven us out.” There was no sign that Adam recognized his lost condition. As for as we know there was no cry for mercy or pardon, no confession of sin. Yet we find that God dealt in grace with him. God sought Adam out that He might bestow His grace upon him. He met Adam in his lost and ruined condition, and the first thing He did was to proclaim the promise of a coming Savior. – D.L. Moody, Sovereign Grace
Moody’s point is well taken. Adam received what he did not earn. What was Adam going to do? Nothing. What did he know to do? Nothing. He knew he had sinned for he and his bride tried to hide, so I guess that is what he tried to do. Hide from the God of grace. I don’t suppose he was thinking like that though.
We have so much more that Adam. We have the full revelation of God’s grace, Jesus Christ. He is the fullness of God’s grace and truth. You and I need God’s grace and should never take it for granted. We need to cry out for His grace through Jesus to save us from the very fact that we are sinners and we need His grace in every aspect of life. Every aspect of life: work, finances, marriage, parenting, school, speech, driving, riding, and on and on.
Have you made it a regular part of your life to give thanks for the grace of God? Have you made it an ongoing prayer from your heart asking for His grace in every situation throughout the day? The Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:10 that God is the God of all grace. Thank Him for His grace.