GodReflection: Breathing Grace
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. – Paul an apostle of Jesus
I’ve noticed that we older folks can feel uncomfortable rather quickly when the conversation turns to grace.
Grace sounds too much like license. We are fearful that the young will use the word grace to endorse all sorts of decadent behavior.
To use grace as license is not grace at all. It is a failure to understand its cost and demand.
Grace cost God his only son.
The Father stood helplessly on the sidelines as Satan momentarily did his evil work.
God’s son was tortured, killed and transported to a hell outside of the presence of Father God—all to offer grace to me as a sin covering gift. He carried my sin upon his perfect self to a Satanic world of blackness and doom.
I realize as I write these words that my human mind can only grasp at the shadow of the real cost paid to cover my sins before Holy God.
That gift offered to me free of charge cannot be taken lightly. To take heaven’s generosity flippantly is worse than dragging fine linen or a priceless object through a feedlot of manure.
God’s breath of grace comes free of charge to me. I cannot purchase it. It is not for sale.
I can only obtain it as a gift offered by God to me. It’s an original. No one else can give it. It’s only available from God.
However—should I accept His gift—it comes with one demand.
I must place myself under the lordship of King Jesus who died willingly for me on a cross. The one act in history that took my sin upon Jesus and culminated in his resurrection so he can rule God’s Kingdom forever.
As my King, I become his servant. As servant I am in range of his voice. As much as humanly possible his will becomes my will. I am to represent the heart of King Jesus.
That should remove any fear that I will use grace as license rather than as gratitude.
I find it interesting that two thousand years ago the apostle Paul wrote to Christ followers in a young budding church in Rome to help sort out the difference between God’s grace and grace that wasn’t grace at all.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Grace that provides license is sin. However, “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
That breath of grace is real.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Grace That Isn’t Grace.