God’s Gift of Grace
When you talk to folks at Grace, it’s pretty common to hear people say
"I was so happy to come to a church where I could just be myself"
And that’s how it should be. In religious settings, we often try to be someone we’re not so we’ll impress people, or show how we have it all figured out. The truth is, no one has it all figured out. No one has it all together. The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). We all experience hardship. We all have regrets. That’s because we’ve all done wrong. We’re all sinners. That’s right. All of us. In the New Testament book of Romans, the Bible says:
It’s a good thing that verse doesn’t end there. Here it is in its entirety:
But then came Jesus. He came to earth and lived a life without sin—and in doing so, He became the only one qualified to cancel our sin debt. Through His death on the cross, His burial, and resurrection, He took our punishment upon Himself so we won’t have to live and die separated from God. This is the gift of God through Jesus.
Still, we can only benefit from a gift when we actually accept it. And we have that choice. It’s plain that it took a deep, driving love for Christ to willingly face torture and death for our souls, but there’s truth in that old saying “If you love someone, set them free.” God doesn’t make us accept His gift. He doesn’t take that choice away from us. He allows us to accept Him or reject Him. You are faced with that choice right now. The Bible is clear. Your good deeds simply cannot save you. In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul wrote to Christians,
If you’re ready to receive God’s gift of grace, take a moment and just lift this prayer up to Him. The prayer itself won’t save you, but God can see into the depths of our hearts, and if this genuinely represents your heart, let God know that.
Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner. I know I can’t be reconciled to you on my own. I’m sorry for the sins I’ve committed, and right now, I want to accept your gift of salvation through what Jesus did for me on the cross. I don’t want to be separated from you in life or death. Thank you for your gift. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
One of the most important steps you can take in this new life with God is to get spiritual care. Take a minute to contact us and tell us about the decision you’ve made. Come meet with other followers of Christ and explore the ways that you can grow in your new relationship with God.