What are your thoughts on grace? How do you view it? Is your view of grace limited to a subset of people? Does your view include some type of requirement to earn it? What if I told you, it cannot be earned, no matter what you do?
It is easy to believe grace must be earned, especially in our culture. We earn vacation days in our jobs. We earn the trust of others. We earn grades in school. We talk of earning the goodwill of others. We are told there is no such thing as a free lunch.
That attitude did us well to build a country during the industrial age that became a world power. It still does us well in the workplace. Our hard work and determination are noticed by our supervisors and will earn us a promotion, even if not as quickly as we might like. But it is not how God’s grace works.
We have examples, glimpses of grace in our culture. An electric company may allow you to be up to five days late on your bill without penalty. That is a grace period. A parent may not get upset when a child knocks over a vase and breaks it. That is grace. A manager may overlook an employee being late a couple times. That is grace. But in all these cases, grace only extends so far.
Again, God’s grace is not limited in the same way our human grace is. God’s grace is offered to all people. Yes, all people. That includes the vilest person you can imagine. It includes the person who has betrayed, is corrupt, filled with anger and hatred, and does the most disgusting thing imaginable. It includes you. It includes me. It includes all people.
I pray we all understand God’s grace is offered to all. I pray we stop putting limits on God’s grace. I pray each one of us see God’s grace as all encompassing, far exceeding our human grace. Understand God’s grace. Know His grace is for all. Do not limit God’s grace. His grace is for you. God’s grace is limitless.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.