As I thought more about the massive furor over the issue of grace (or what some people are calling hyper-grace), I began to wonder why some people are so resistant to the idea. Of course control is a major issue, which I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Dis-graceful Conduct. But as I thought about it more, I began to wonder why some people—good people, godly people, including friends of mine—were so rabidly and viciously coming out against the idea of the full grace of God. I asked myself why they couldn’t accept God’s generosity.
That’s when it dawned on me: they have trouble accepting God’s generosity because true generosity is so very rare these days. They don’t trust generosity in their fellow humans because it rarely comes without a price-tag of some sort. So along comes God into their lives, and His generosity is so immense that they simply cannot bring themselves to believe it.
Think about it: God offers us eternal life with Him in Heaven, a place that is so wonderful and beautiful that it defies description (1 Corinthians 2:9). And all we have to do is to repent and believe.
But the sweet by-and-by is not all that we get. We also get real and practical help throughout our life here on earth (Matthew 7:7-8). And all we have to do is to ask, believing.
But that’s not all we get. Every day as we live in the continual outpouring of God’s love, we become more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). And all we have to do is follow Him, believing.
And that’s not all we get. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts for ministering to our fellow humans so that we can live together in harmony as the Body of Christ here on earth (1 Corinthians 12 & 13). And all we have to do is follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, believing.
But that’s still not all we get. Someday—and it’s going to be soon!—Jesus will come rapture away His church to escape the Tribulation and instead enjoy a 7 year wedding feast: ours to Jesus! (Matthew 25:1-13 & Revelation 21). And all we have to do is keep doing the work He has given us to do, believing.
So it’s not all a control issue. Plus, I think that it’s not only a matter of looking for the hidden price-tag on God’s Generous Grace. As I dug a little deeper, I realized that some people have trouble accepting even a compliment from a friend. Compliments don’t often come with a price-tag, so why would people have trouble accepting compliments? Because they don’t feel like they deserve it. Likewise, they have trouble with the full generosity of God’s Grace because they know that they don’t deserve it. Of course they don’t! None of us do! The definition of grace is unmerited favor. When we are born-again, we are given what we don’t deserve because Jesus took the punishment that He didn’t deserve. And all in the name of Love.
Grace is powerful. It can transform lives by the power of love. His love for us transforms us from strangers into daughters and sons of the Most High God. And our love for Him transforms us into victorious overcomers as we live to please our Generous God.
Grace is generous—mind-blowingly generous. Man’s generosity comes with a price-tag. God’s generosity also comes with a price-tag: come and die. But then He promises that if we lose our life for Him, we gain it (Matthew 10:39; John 12:25), so that in the end, the cost of enjoying God’s generosity has been paid for us, and all we have to do is live it out, believing. Trust God! Why? Because God is good!