Do I Abuse God’s Grace?


GodReflection: Is Grace Still Amazing?

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to take good for granted?

Isn’t that why we attempt to teach children to say, “Thank you?” We want them to learn not to abuse the grace of the giver.

The geographical and sociological situation of my birth placed me among the upper percentile of the world’s people when it comes to consideration of wealth.

That fact alone causes me to live each day indebted to grace. To not be grateful to Holy God is to abuse grace.

My home has electricity, gas, furnishings, cabinets stocked with food, and a garage where I can park my car. I’ve never experienced hunger and have light with only the flip of a switch.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. Yet, I seldom remember to thank God for this grace he provides. To not be grateful to a Holy God is to abuse his grace.

Each morning when I awake, I seldom think of the bed I slept in the previous evening, the warm shower just steps away, a floor that is not dirt and a temperature-controlled house around me. It is not that I am unaware—it’s just that I allow my blessings to become routine.

It would take more than one twenty-four-hour day to list all the ways my life has been and is gifted (graced) by the Holy.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. Yet, I seldom remember to thank God for this grace he provides. To not be grateful to a Holy God is to abuse his grace.

I can see a doctor any time I am sick. I’ve access to some of the world’s most high-tech hospitals. Specialists trained in any specific field of medicine that I can possibly image are as close as anyone of my more than a dozen telephones.

I carry a card in my wallet with a membership number that makes it possible to select from countless pharmacies any medication my physicians determine I might need.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. Yet, I seldom remember to thank God for this grace he provides. To not be grateful to a Holy God is to abuse his grace.

It would astound me to list of all the automobiles that I have owned, leased, and rented to carry me hundreds of thousands—if not millions of miles.

Air travel is readily available. I am a million-mile member of one airline and most likely have flown a million miles combined among other companies.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. Yet, I seldom remember to thank God for this grace he provides. To not be grateful to a Holy God is to abuse his grace.

I was born into a family with a rich Christian heritage. I had no role to play. I did not choose it.

I suspect that I was introduced to Creator God and Jesus His son shortly after the nurse cleaned me up from birth and introduced me to my mother and father.

I’ve had access to the Holy and Scripture from family, from pulpit preachers, outstanding teachers, books, libraries, and mentors, my entire life.

All of which set me up to encounter Jesus and his cross-filled grace.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. Yet, I seldom remember to thank God for this grace he provides.

To not be grateful to Holy God is to abuse his grace. In my more sober moments, I must admit I am an offender. I have been drenched with grace and physical blessings. Far too often I abuse God’s grace by my lack of gratitude.

From all I read about Jesus, I suspect his smile would increase if I were more generous with my thanksgiving.

Perhaps the manner most appropriate to returned thankfulness to him would be to make a greater effort on my part to bless others from the generous grace that should flow from my life. Jesus teaches my “grace-flow” to others should be an obvious response once I understand how he graces my life.

I confess I need to increase the flow. When grace fails to flow from my life surely it is a direct abuse in the face of a God who blesses me so generously.

My gift to the Holy should be a generous shower head that drenches others with grace and blessings.

I would love to hear your input on ways to be less abusive of the Holy that blesses so generously.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on Do I Abuse God’s Grace?   

Gary@GreatCities.org  

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5 thoughts on “Do I Abuse God’s Grace?

  1. Amén and amén. Thanks for your sharing, and your challenging to be more aware and grateful for the abundance of grace that is always in our lives.

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  2. Gary, Thank you for this meditation on God’s grace and the gratitude it should engender. Your list of blessings received was a wonderful stimulus to encourage me to make a list of my own blessings. Your reminders to be grateful, and to pass this grace along to others, were timely and much appreciated. Thanks for writing this and sending it my way.

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  3. Profoundly insightful as relates to one of our greatest challenges as inhabitants of planet earth, especially the part of it we have been blessed to inhabit. We are of all peoples wonderfully blessed!

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  4. Gary, I am enjoying this series on grace and especially this post which reminds me of the myriad blessings we just take for granted in our wealthy society. Thank you.

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