“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6:7-8).
When reading the above verse, many people wonder: “But what about the grace of God?” Unfortunately, they have a distorted idea regarding the grace of God and that’s how the devil has been deceiving many around the world. But what exactly is the grace of God?
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” (Ephesians 2:4-5).
People often miss the whole context of this verse and assume that it is ok to sin and live a life far from God, because they think that in the end, we will all be saved. For this reason, the devil sits back and claps his hands. He is the master of deceit and he makes people believe that they don’t need to sacrifice anymore. However, when we look at the lives of those who take this stance, it tends to be partially blessed.
What the devil doesn’t want us to know is that we are saved through faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves…” (Ephesians 2:8).
Grace means ummerited mercy and favour. None of us deserve this grace from God, but because of God’s mercy, He gives everyone the opportunity to be saved. How? When we choose to live by faith; in other words, when we live a life of obedience. That’s why the Word of God teaches us that “the just shall live by faith” (See Hebrews 10:38).
The truth is that if we don’t live a life of obedience, we will not be saved. And understanding this truth is what will set us free. That means, we have to abandon the things of this world including lying, cheating, adultery, promiscuity and the like. We can’t accept to pick and choose the part of the Bible that suits our flesh. We have to obey the Word of God in its ENTIRETY. Yes, the grace of God gives us the opportunity for salvation, but if we don’t live a life of sacrifice, the grace of God will not save us from eternal condemnation.
The stark reality is that certain misconceptions about grace have been leading many people down the wrong path. Many are those who believe that once we are saved, we will always be saved. They also believe that we don’t need to sacrifice, hence the reason why many misuse grace as an opportunity to sin. But as we learn in Hebrews 6:4, Romans 6:1 and Acts Chapter 5, the abundance of the grace of God requires the abandonment of sin.
Our Lord Jesus is opening our eyes, because He doesn’t want us to have a theoretical faith but a practical one. And in order to see the materialisation of God’s promises in our lives, we must be ready to deny ourselves EVERYDAY. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24).
Whilst many have been rejecting this teaching, the grace of God is knocking on our doors today. But we are the ones who must decide whether or not we will open the door by choosing to repent and live in newness of life. Is it easy? Certainly not! However, what is guaranteed is that those who decide to surrender their entire lives to God, will not only attain His grace, but will ultimately be possessors of Heaven and Earth.