Gospel of Grace
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Ephesians 2: 8-10 (NRSVA)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
The first aspect of the Gospel we must share in, and with others, is the Gospel of grace. Grace has a unique place in Christianity compared to other world religions. It is neither a cheap thing to give or receive. My friend, had a neighbouring farmer who had an old tractor for which it was difficult to buy tyres. He noticed he had a tyre lying in his yard that would fit his neighbour’s tractor. He put it on the trailer and took it over to his neighbour.
“How much do you want for it?” the neighbour asked.
“Nothing” he replied.
His neighbour held up his hands and said, “I can’t accept it — if I can’t pay for it.”
“Why not?” my friend asked.
“Because I don’t want to be beholden to you.”
The Gospel of Grace leaves us beholden to God and to one another. When we have been graced we have a debt of gratitude to live out. We live a different way. The way of humble service and thankfulness. The Gospel of Grace is the free gift that is never deserved. If we are owed it there is no grace in it. The gospel we proclaim is one that cannot be bought or sold or earned. It can only be lived out in gratitude. My will becomes “Thy will”. For those who have reached the end of their tether “grace” is truly amazing. For those who feel self-sufficient they are untouched by the power of grace.
For the wrong attitudes
That stopped love in its tracks
That turned us away from gratitude
To sing another song
Of self admiration
A Sinatra rhythm
Full of self-importance
But short on humility
A lonely ghost
An empty boast
That leaves a trail of broken lines
And sings ”I did it my way”
I want to live
We want to live
That turns the lyric in the song
To sing of love
That joins the lines and heals the rhythm
We did it “Thy way”
A Question — Do I believe the gospel of grace but live beholden to none?