Grace may not be as “free” as you think it is.
The more I read and participate in Facebook and forum discussions, the more I become convinced that Christians are looking for a hand-out. The message of the “free gift of grace” has been warped and twisted into a man-made abomination.
So I want to take another look at this gift, in the form of an analogy, and hopefully lend some clarity to this subject.
Two Kingdoms – Two Paths
There is a war going on and there are two sides in this war – the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light.
When you are born, you are automatically on the losing side, the kingdom of darkness. Your sin nature rules over your every move and you are an enemy of the Kingdom of Light. At this point, you deserve the destruction that is waiting for you.
This is true for every human being from the beginning – except Adam and Eve, and you all know that story.
An Opportunity of a Lifetime
He does not have to do this.
You are His enemy and destined for destruction. But despite this fact, He sheds His favor (grace) upon you unconditionally.
This is the free gift of grace.
A Mutual Effort
The Call has gone out (His Effort) … the Choice is yours (Your effort).
When you repent and switch sides, you become a citizen of the Kingdom of Light. Since you are now a citizen of this Kingdom, you are to obey the laws of this Kingdom. Yes, every kingdom has laws.
You do not create them, nor are they dictated by the age you live in.
You are not free to continue in the lawless ways of darkness – there is no “grace” for that. Remember, your free gift was the opportunity to switch sides. You now obey the King’s Ways, set forth from the beginning.
The King understands that changing your ways from darkness to light is a process, so He gives you His Holy Spirit as a coach to help with the transition. From here on out, you meekly obey His unchanging commands to the best of your ability, knowing that when you fail, there is mercy. But you never lose sight of the fact that the King gave you this opportunity to be a part of His Kingdom when He didn’t have to.
Now, out of appreciation for this opportunity, we do everything we can to obey the King and His Laws out of love and respect for Him. We want to live as citizens of this awesome Kingdom of Light, blessing and praising the Father from a heart of thankfulness.
We are indeed saved by His free gift of grace, but now we obey our Beloved King.
The Destiny of the Pretenders
So what is to become of those who name His Name and continue on in their ways that oppose His Kingdom Laws?
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!“
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
I hope that clears up some of the mess. Yahweh’s “free gift of grace” is a precious thing, but it is not to be misapplied or taken for granted.
All of you . . . when the King returns to set up His Kingdom, don’t be found to be a liar.