There’s something to be said about actually receiving God’s grace as opposed to simply knowing about it. If you’ve been a Christian for any period of time, you probably know about grace. Grace is a gift. We’re saved by God’s grace. God’s grace is sufficient for us. Grace cannot be earned. We can talk about it all we want, but do we truly accept God’s grace?
Why am I unsure if we truly receive God’s grace? I’m skeptical because I’m a participant and an observer of our society. We live in a performance-based culture. Many times, our choices and actions are motivated by the possibility of attention, affirmation, love, etc. We give our best at work or school in order to receive a promotion or acknowledgement. We spend time picking out the right outfit and accessories in hopes of hearing a compliment. We contemplate the best tweet or post wishing for a response. These aren’t bad things. By all means, give sincere compliments, work hard, present yourself well, and try to connect with others, but notice the established formula. Be the best and gain positive responses. Be a mess and receive negative attention.
Well, good for us for following the “give your best then receive” method, but that’s not how God operates. That’s why I think we struggle with embracing the grace that He so freely gives to us. God says come as you are. John 6:37 says, “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” It says “whoever comes.” Did you catch that? It doesn’t say “whoever has their life together” can come. Are you in a good spot in life? Great! You’re invited to come. Is life tough right now? That’s okay! You’re invited to come. Do you feel unworthy? He loves you! You’re invited to come. Receive His love and grace.
Don’t fall into the trap of attempting to be God. Sounds like a rough accusation, but when we deem ourselves unworthy of His grace, we’re acting as a judge. That’s God’s job! When we don’t receive His gift of grace, it’s as if we’re rejecting Him. I love this statement from The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. “The Good News of the gospel of grace cries out: we are all equally, privileged but unentitled beggars at the door of God’s mercy.” None of us are deserving of God’s grace, yet we’re all invited to accept this precious gift.
Be reminded today that God’s love and grace are not merit-based. There’s nothing that you can or can’t do to earn it. Do your best, give your all, and choose to walk in obedience to God, but remember, that He doesn’t expect perfection. Ask God to help you accept the grace that He gives, search for and read verses about it, and rest in Him, knowing that His grace is sufficient for you!
To get you started, check out 1 Corinthians 12:9, Romans 3:23-25, and Romans 5.