IS GRACE A “FREE” GIFT?

“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30, NIV)

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We are taught early in our relationship with Christ that grace is given freely – that Christ died to free us from our sins. His grace has set us free. And His grace is free.

Am I to understand that since Jesus did it all, we don’t need to do a thing – other than to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior? But doesn’t that mean we can keep on living the way we always have? We can continue to sin and not worry about the consequences? Some people would say that’s the way it is. They accept Christ so they’re on their way to live with Him in eternity! Nothing in their lives needs to change – other than the fact that they now believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior!

But wait! What about confessing your sins? What about living a “transformed” life – one that mimics the way Christ lived? What about giving up your old way of life and living (and dying) for Christ? In my mind, there is a price we must pay to receive the grace that Christ gives us so freely!

True grace has a cost. It’s found when people go and sell everything they have in order to develop their relationship with Christ. It’s found in Christ’s sovereignty, when we are willing to tear out an eye if it causes us to stumble. It’s found in the call of Jesus Christ which causes a person to leave his “net” and follow Him.

Yes, true grace has a cost. It’s found in the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one has to knock.

It’s costly because it calls us to discipleship; it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs people their lives; it is grace because it thereby makes them live a transformed life. It is costly because it condemns sin; it is grace because it justifies the sinner. Grace is costly because it was costly to God – because it cost God the life of His own Son and because nothing can be cheap to us which is costly to God. Above all, it is grace because the life of God’s Son was not too costly for God to give in order to bring us to everlasting life!

So the next time you consider the gift of grace, consider the cost – it really isn’t free. But when we accept it, and we live under His “yoke”, we become free – free to love like never before!

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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6 Comments on “IS GRACE A “FREE” GIFT?”

  1. Doug Bush Says:

    Well I have read this post and there is some lack of clarity to me. There is no cost for God’s Grace. You cannot earn it, you cannot pay for it by good works and Jesus paid the price for our sin past present and future. If you have truly accepted Jesus Christ as your savior your life will change but it does not mean we become sinless. We are mere humans and not God’s and we all sin and fall short of the Glory of God. God so loved us that he gave his only begotten son to pay the price for sin. His life, death and resurrection paid for sin and closed the book on the law and the old covenant; this is well spelled out in the book of Hebrews. The gospel is the Good News of God’s grace and the new covenant. Additionally none of us are in a place of authority to judge sin, judge lifestyles or other people in any way. There are many sins in peoples lives and there is sin in many Christian lives but it will not prevent a believer that has sin in their life from going to heaven. There are no perfect people and if sin in in a believer’s life would keep him or her out of heaven then no one would be going to heaven.

    Of course Jesus put forth an example for us to live by and left the new covenant and the new testament scriptures and teachings for us . But more than anything he left us a way to the Father through our confession of faith and belief in him as our Chief Priest and Intercessor and our Salvation; this is the only condition is to confess him ask for forgiveness of sin and for Christ to come into our hearts and live in us. If we have a relationship with Jesus Christ the rest will work itself out but it does not mean we will become sinless or that we have to do good works to maintain our salvation. There is nothing we can do that is good enough to pay the price of our salvation or to earn our continued salvation. Anyone thinking they can do works that are good enough to continue there salvation or anyone thinking they can live they blameless that they can maintain their salvation is misinformed

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  2. Exactly, Doug! The point is, Jesus gives it to us freely – we have to accept it. When we accept it, it costs us our old way of life. It causes us to live for Him and not for the world. It has nothing at all to do with works – it’s all about accepting His grace. We are and always will be sinners. We will just become aware of those sins and ask for forgiveness for each one. And, yes, they are forgiven!

    However, if we simply say we accept Christ, but then we continue to live our “old” lives without making any kind of attempt to follow Him, I believe our words are shallow and we don’t really accept this new way of life – one which lives for Him!

    Great comment. We’re saying the same thing; I’m just saying that it “costs” us in a good way – to give up the way we were before we met Him!

    I hope you have an enjoyable and blessed Christmas! God bless you! 🙂 Dave

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  4. The gift must be accepted, open up and received it. Of course that
    gift changes ones life, that is the gift. If one really have received the gift, one knows by the way the person think, feel changed. One has been born again. The cost, really is no cost, because the gift has tansforming power itself. The cost is really, accepting receiving the gift. Thanks.

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